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Mayoral Race Could Come Down To Coin Toss

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Apr 9, 2009 4:20PM

There's drama and excitement afoot in the tiny town of Mettawa, Illinois this week. Tuesday's mayoral vote between incumbent Barry MacLean and challenger Jess Ray ended in a tie with 143 votes for each candidate. Lake County Clerk Willard Helander said a 14-day waiting period will now ensue because there are still some absentee ballots that have yet to come in as well as a provisional ballot that may or may not be valid. The counting of these ballots will happen on April 21 and if there's still a tie after that, the race would be decided by a coin toss. Ray threw his hat in the ring after the village approved the building of a Costco store that resulted in two houses being taken over by eminent domain. [Lake County Sun-News, via Gapers Block]