Havana mayor decided by lottery

By Alyssa Donovan

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2013 at 9:24 PM CDT

HAVANA, Ill.--Two absentee ballots have turned the mayoral race in Havana upside down.

Those two ballots tied alderwoman Brenda Stadsholt and Alderman Charles Campbell.

State law requires that the mayor of Havana must be decided by a lottery.
Mason County Clerk Bill Blessman says there is no determined method, but in this case they used golf balls with the candidate’s names on them.

Blessman said, "The main thing is that it be fair and impartial and that both candidates are okay with the method we use. That way even though it has to be determined by a lottery, it was done equally and fairly in the process."

After the very quick drawing candidate Brenda Stadsholt was chosen as mayor.

Stadsholt says she doesn't think this was the best way to be chosen and she feels the process may taint the importance of the position.

Stadsholt said, “Of course I'm happy now because it was my golf ball that was drawn but I still don't think that's an appropriate procedure to elect a mayor of a city."

Both candidates say that this experience serves as a lesson to not only the people of Havana, but voters everywhere.

Campbell said, "I think this proves to every voter that their vote does count."

Stadsholt said, "I think this is a wonderful lesson for young people, old people anybody, that one vote definitely counts in local elections."

Campbell says they are still going to work together to do what's best for Havana.

In every election there is a winner and a loser but in this case Blessman says either candidate would've been a winner for Havana.

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