- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SWALEDALE, Iowa (AP) - A man who won a tiebreaker in an election for a Swaledale City Council seat has declined the position, saying he doesn’t want it.

The Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1PYSXSr ) reports that residents voted on Nov. 3 to fill three City Council seats. The election for the third position ended in a tie, when Howard Harmon and Marge Swenson received two write-in votes each.

Karen Holm had received four write-in votes, enough to be elected to the third open position but she declined the position, leaving Howard and Swenson as the next leading vote getters.

Supervisor Chairman Phil Dougherty drew a name out of a hat Tuesday to decide the election tie in accordance to Iowa law, and Harmon was declared the winner. But Harmon declined, saying he told the council a week ago that he did not want the job.

Swaledale Mayor John Drury said, “As of right now, Howard is considered the duly elected council member for that seat. He would need to submit an official resignation to the city clerk within 10 days in order to decline the position.”

Now the City Council must appoint someone to the open seat or call a special election to fill it.

County Auditor Ken Kline, who is also election commissioner, says if the council appoints someone, citizens can petition to hold an election instead.

Drury said officials will follow the process for filling the open position regardless of Harmon’s decision.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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