By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LEADINGTON, Mo. (AP) - Misty Dean is now a member of the Board of Aldermen in the small eastern Missouri town of Leadington, thanks to a coin toss.

Three candidates - Dean and incumbents Steve Kinsey and Debra Matthews - sought two open seats in the April 5 election. Matthews won re-election to the board after receiving 26 votes.

But Dean and Kinsey tied with 20 votes each. The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri (https://bit.ly/1V12Z9S ) reports that it came down to a coin toss during Tuesday’s meeting after both candidates agreed. The other option would have been a runoff election that would have cost the city at least $1,500.

Dean correctly picked “tails.” She was sworn in at the meeting.

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Information from: Daily Journal, https://dailyjournalonline.com

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