Kingston town trustee seat race ends in tie

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

New city and county leaders were chosen in local elections yesterday.
But one race in Kingston was still undecided when the polls closed.

Candidates Leonard Nail and Kenneth Howard tied for the second Kingston town trustee seat receiving 57 votes a piece.

Nail said he didn't see this coming.

"It just kind of ticked me," said Nail. "I feel like that the people have decided that half of them want me, half of them want him."

And Howard said it didn't faze him.

"I don't get excited about anything or down about anything," said Howard. "I looked at it and said, 'Ok, let's see where it goes from here.'"

The Marshall County Election Board said both candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to ask for a recount. But both men said they do not plan to ask for one.

If neither asks--or if a recount shows the same results--the election board said that they will draw names to decide who'll be the next town trustee.

"The chance doesn't bother me, but it is an elected office." said Howard. "I would prefer to have a runoff just so the people can choose who they put in there."

But the election board said there isn't a provision for a runoff. Nail said he doesn't mind letting luck factor in.

"If it's decided by that, that's fine with me," said Nail. "I have no problem with it."

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