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Fit to be tied

By Staff | Jun 9, 2010

The Rugby city election is not over – at least not in regard to the Ward Three council election.

Incumbent Bill Hartl and challenger Jerry Harmel each received 86 votes on June 8.

By election rule, a recount will be conducted. It will take place early next week, according to Karin Fursather, county auditor and election supervisor. The votes will be counted by hand by a three-member canvassing board.

It there still is a tie following the recount, than a candidate would be selected by drawing a name from a hat, or conducting some other method in breaking the tie.

City officials can’t recall the last time there was a tie in a city council election.

Bednarz, Lotvedt, Geiszler win seats

Ward Two incumbent Dave Bednarz was re-elected to a second term. He received 152 votes to 38 for challenger Don Haman.

Neil Lotvedt was elected to Ward One. He received 187 votes to 30 for Gloria Vetsch. In Ward Four, Arland Geiszler received 168 votes to 92 for Randy Malo. This will be Geiszler’s second stint on the council. He last served from 1981-85.

Larson, Srur, Johnson elected to park board

Incumbent Rick Larson was elected to another four-year term to the Rugby Park Board. He received 572 votes. Rick Srur, a former park board member, was also elected to a term with 580 votes and Phyllis Johnson was elected as a write-in member. There was 196 write-in votes cast, and Johnson received 107 of them.

Voters also elected Sharon Peterschick to the municipal judgeship. She received 732 votes. There were 10 write-in votes.

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