GIRARD — Crawford County Clerk Don Pyle flipped two coins to determine the winners of a mayoral race in McCune and city council race in Mulberry at the Crawford County Courthouse Friday.
Rodney Lohff won the toss the become mayor of McCune, and Darvin Weaver will sit on the Mulberry City Council after the flip. Both candidates ended their races in a tie following the Crawford County Commission’s canvass of the 2017 city and school district election ballots Monday.
Lohff was tied with current McCune Mayor Tosh Kluber at 67 votes each, while Weaver was tied with Kimberly Meeks with 45 votes each for a spot on Mulberry City Council.
A coin toss is listed as the tiebreaker for elections under state statute. The statute also requires that notice be given to the candidates. All four candidates were notified that ties would be broken at 10 a.m. Friday in Girard.
“The rules in the state statute say we must give candidates reasonable notice,” Pyle said. “We didn’t feel it would be right to break the ties Monday. We wanted to give the candidates an opportunity to be present if they wished.”
Lohff was present for the breaking of the mayoral tie. He called heads and won the toss. Kluber was not present.
Allen Meeks was present as a proxy for Kimberly Meeks. He called tails and lost the toss. Weaver was not present.
Following the tiebreaker, the Crawford County Commission accepted the results of the canvass.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.