UA system benefits in election

A U.S. senator turned governor, a lieutenant governor dusting off her resume and new science buildings for the University of Alaska Anchorage were just some of the outcomes in the state’s recent general election.

Nationally, the usually tame midterm elections proved captivating as Republicans gained the majority in both the House and the Senate.

Minnesota political legend Walter Mondale retreated back to retirement after an impressive 10-day campaign in the wake of Sen. Paul Wellstone’s death, and Jeb Bush maintained his position as Florida governor and leader of a crucial state in the re-election bid of his brother, President George Bush, in two years. 

Proposition C, the $236,805,441 state general obligation educational and museum facility, design, construction and maintenance bond, passed with 59 percent of the vote. Aside from the renovations and construction, the bond provides for many rural K-12 schools. The University of Alaska will receive $61,704,000. UAA will use its portion to construct the biological facility addition and begin the first phase of the integrated science facility. 

In House District 22, which encompasses UAA, Democrat Sharon Cissna, incumbent, won over Republican Mike Ryan, 2,125 votes to 1,775. For information on all the election results, visit the Alaska Division of Elections Web site at