- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The North Slope Borough has a new mayor following a runoff election last week.

Harry Brower Jr. was sworn Tuesday after absentee and questioned ballots were tallied and the results of the election were certified. He is the brother-in-law of Charlotte Brower, who was recalled as mayor earlier this year after she was linked to borough spending that benefited family members

Brower Jr. defeated George Ahmaogak in the runoff.

John Boyle, the borough’s director of government and external affairs, says Brower Jr. will serve what would have been the remainder of Charlotte Brower’s term. Boyle says Brower Jr. will have to run again in October 2017 if he wants to seek re-election.

Mike Aamodt served as interim mayor following Charlotte Brower’s ouster.

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