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It’s official. Frank Kelty will be mayor of Unalaska, and Roger Rowland will keep his seat on the City Council.

The council certified the results of the city’s runoff election at a special session Monday night.

Current Mayor Shirley Marquardt was not at the meeting. She lost her reelection bid by just five votes last week, after holding the top job for more than a decade.

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For the first time in a dozen years, Unalaska has a new mayor.

Frank Kelty defeated incumbent Shirley Marquardt in the city's runoff election by just five votes. City officials made the announcement Friday morning after canvassing about 90 absentee and questioned ballots.

State of Alaska Division of Elections

Update 11/7/16: Stan Swetzof missed the deadline to file as a write-in candidate for House District 37. Write-in votes for Swetzof cannot be counted.

In this b​usy election season, Unalaskans aren't ju​st picking the mayor or president. They're als​o voting on which repres​entative to send to June​au for the next two years.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

In Unalaska, the highly contested races for mayor and City Council seat C are still too close to call — even after Tuesday's runoff election.

Mayor Shirley Marquardt and challenger Frank Kelty are in a dead heat, with Kelty leading the incumbent by just one vote.

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After federal mandates forced the city to spend more than $50 million on utilities infrastructure, the Unalaska City Council is debating how much to raise local rates — and how fast.

The goal is to re​cover the money spent and borrowed to upgrade the city's treatment facilities for water, wastewater, and solid waste. 

At a meeting Tuesday night, city councilors considered several o​ptions, including hiking utility rates, raising the local sales tax, and poaching money from the general fund.