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Following the Wednesday deadline to file for Bethel’s City Council election, seven candidates have declared for three available seats.

Those include Beatrice Sosa, Juanita Sosa, Juan Sosa, Zach Fansler, Byron Maczynski, Charles Herman, and incumbent Council Member Sharon Sigmon.

The city has not determined eligibility and City Clerk Lori Strickler plans to do that Thursday.
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Voters at the Lower Kuskokwim School District choosing primary election ballots on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014.

Voters at the Lower Kuskokwim School District choosing primary election ballots on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014.

All eight of the Yup’ik voters that KYUK talked with said they needed help understanding what they were voting on.

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Precinct number two in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Precinct number two in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

With the no votes on ballot measure number one – the oil tax repeal— leading by about 7-thousand votes before absentee and early votes are counted, Alaskans were mixed on their preferred oil tax structure.
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Precinct number two in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Precinct number two in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. today in Alaska’s primary election. In Bethel, the two precinct locations are at the Lower Kuskokwim School District Office and at the Cultural Center.

Voters are selecting candidates for the US Senate and House and the Alaska Legislature. The primary also covers this years’ Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s race. Voters will choose whether to repeal the oil tax changes made by the legislature last year in Ballot measure number one.

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