GUNTOWN – After three days of waiting, the Guntown Board of Aldermen finally know who the fifth board member will be come July 6.
Mickey Kuykendall beat out Jacqueline Shumpert by a vote of 122 to 120 after three affidavit ballots were counted by the election committee Thursday. When Kuykendall and Shumpert, along with about 20 supporters, piled into the boardroom at Town Hall at noon, they expected a different method of deciding the outcome of the race.
Locked at 120 votes apiece, both candidates were prepared for a checker drawing. After the seven affidavits were disqualified because of improper registering City Clerk Shelly McKee said regulations said the vote had to be decided by a “drawing of the lots.” The choices were draw straws, flip a coin or choose a colored object.
When Shumpert walked in she was all ready to try her luck drawing the checker for a chance to win the election until McKee notified the crowd that some of the disqualified ballots were indeed good.
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