After incumbents survive Homer council recall effort, a desire to ‘move on’

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 03:20:34 PM. A spokeswoman for the pro-recall group Heartbeat of Homer insisted the recall effort was a success, regardless of the outcome.
Three Homer City Council members survived a recall effort promoted by local conservatives over a resolution that broadly endorsed tolerance and inclusion but originated as a pointed critique of President Donald Trump. Close early results Tuesday fell away Friday as the three council members — Catriona Reynolds, Donna Aderhold and David Lewis — held onto their seats by wide margins. The final results were announced Friday evening after Homer elections officials spent the afternoon recounting ballots, the Homer News reported, blaming voting machine problems for a disparity in the count between ballots and voters. Reynolds, Aderhold and Lewis were accused of lying to cover up their roles in a so-called "inclusivity resolution," which some saw as an effort to turn Homer into a sanctuary city. More than 1,000 Homer residents cast ballots at the polls Tuesday and hundreds more voted early, capping a tumultuous chapter in Homer's history that drew national attention as an emblem of America's polarized politics. The turnout was about 42 percent. On Tuesday night, with only about half the votes counted, Reynolds was running the tightest of the three races, keeping her seat by roughly three dozen votes in the early count. By the final, she retained her seat by 223 votes, or 56 percent of the total cast. Aderhold held her seat by 274 votes, one more than Lewis received. Because of rounding, each took 57 percent of the vote. In a phone interview Saturday morning, Reynolds — the one...Read more
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