If local voters needed any more proof that every vote counts, they need look no further than this year’s race for the Homer City Council.
After counting more than 200 absentee and questioned ballots Friday morning, the city’s canvass board declared unofficial election results showing incumbent council member Bryan Zak as the winner of one of two open seats.
With 90 new votes bringing his election total to 547 votes, Zak wins in a squeaker, besting challenger Corbin Arno by only 11 votes. The election night victory for those favoring a repeal of Homer’s ban on plastic shopping bags was upheld, too, with the “yes” votes outnumbering the “no” votes by a count of 661 to 519.
All of the election results will become official when the city council certifies the election. That is scheduled to take place at the next council meeting October 14th. City Attorney Thomas Klinkner has advised the city that the repeal of the bag ban will go into effect immediately at that time.