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Coin toss decides Osage City council seat election

A tie vote in the April 2 election between Denise Lauber and Ricky Martin for Osage City’s Ward 1 city council position, was decided Monday by a coin toss by the Osage County Commission. Martin won the seat.

Each candidate received 70 votes, and canvassing of votes by county commissioners during their Monday meeting did not change the results. 

Lauber was present for the decision, and Martin had been contacted but could not make it to the meeting. Lauber agreed on a coin toss as a suitable manner to decide the tie vote, and called “tails” before Osage County Commissioner Gaylord Anderson tossed a quarter. It landed on the desk with heads up and Martin was named the winner.

Olivet also had a tie vote for one council seat, with  Jim Kenney and Debbie Neill each receiving four votes. Osage County Clerk Rhonda Beets announced that Kenney had agreed to allow Neill to have the seat, so no tie-breaking coin toss was required.

Winners of council seats in the Olivet election were Mary Brown, Tim Ormsby, John Warner, Charles Neill,  and Debbie Neill. Bill Miles will be Olivet’s mayor.

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