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Council set after 57-57 tie resolved


December 26, 2019

The Town of Uniontown’s tied city council race was resolved Wednesday, Dec. 18, with the drawing of a name out of a hat.

County prosecutor Denis Tracy pulled the name of Jack Espy, the incumbent, deciding the race after a 57-57 vote tie on Nov. 5, counted by machine, and another 57-57 tie on recount by hand.

In the event of a certified tie, it is up to the county auditor how to resolve it.

Options include a coin toss, two dice in a bottle, a lot draw or otherwise.

“Then who gets to pick heads or tails?” said Uniontown clerk/treasurer Kris Lockie.

County Auditor Sandy Jamison chose a lot draw, putting each name on a same-size slip of paper for Tracy to draw one.

He drew Espy’s name, and he was sworn into a new term of office Thursday morning, Dec. 19, along with new council representative Sam Kimble. Brian Davies, unopposed incumbent, was sworn-in that night and Mike Shore Friday, who beat incumbent John Jacobs, a councilman since 2012.

Shore is a Lewiston police officer and Kimble is a retired businessman, who won his seat beating Ray Heitstuman, a representative since 2018.


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