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Voters have ousted all three incumbents on the Unalaska City Council.

Meanwhile, a proposal to raise the local sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana will be decided by about 70 absentee and questioned ballots.

Check out the preliminary election results below.

We’ll bring you the final results after city official canvass the outstanding ballots on Friday.

CITY COUNCIL SEAT B

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Unalaska has hired a new city clerk.

Marjorie Veeder will take over the clerk’s department on Oct. 16, according to Acting City Manager Erin Reinders.

Veeder has spent the last six years working in the city manager’s office as an administrator.

"Her strong administrative and legal background, in addition to her project management experience, will serve the city well in the clerk’s department," said Reinders in a statement. 

On Tuesday, Unalaska voters will decide three races for the City Council.

James Fitch and Jeff Treannie are challenging Councilor Yudelka Leclere for Seat B.

Meanwhile, Seats E and G are two-way competitions: Councilor John Waldron is vying for reelection against Dennis Robinson, while Shari Coleman tries to unseat Councilor Rachelle Hatfield.

KUCB invited the candidates to share their platforms and answer voter questions during the 2017 Candidates Forum. You can listen to the forum here:

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On Tuesday, Unalaskans will vote on a proposal to raise the local sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana from three to six percent.

KUCB’s Laura Kraegel sat down with City Manager Dave Martinson to learn more about Proposition No. 1, sponsored by the City Council.

TRANSCRIPT

KUCB: What is this proposal exactly? What is it asking the voters to decide?

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The Unalaska City Council has selected a temporary replacement for Dave Martinson, who’s stepping down as city manager on Friday.  

On Tuesday, the council unanimously approved a job offer for Nancy Peterson of Ione, Washington.

If she accepts, she’ll serve as interim city manager until mid-January or until the city picks a permanent hire.

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