Berkowitz scores big win in runoff for Anchorage mayor

Ethan Berkowitz surged to a decisive win over opponent Amy Demboski in the Anchorage mayoral runoff election Tuesday night.

With 96 percent of the vote counted, Berkowitz had more than 59 percent of the vote to Demboski’s 41 percent, a margin that was insurmountable. Berkowitz had held a commanding lead over Demboski throughout the counting Tuesday night, Alaska Dispatch News reports.

As his lead over Demboski held strong, Berkowitz stood on a chair at his campaign party in a downtown restaurant to wild applause and waving signs. He asked his supporters to continue to help when the night’s celebration was over, asking them to work on unifying Anchorage and heal the divisions that marked the final days of the campaign.

“There is a better way,” Berkowitz said. “It doesn’t matter if you're a Republican, a Democrat, a libertarian an independent or you don’t even vote. This is our Anchorage!”