Game of chance to decide tie breaker in Denison City Council run off election

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- The final results for Saturday's elections are tallied up, but a Denison council seat is still up in the air.

None of the five candidates got a majority of votes.

Top vote getter Charles Shearer will be advancing, but we still don't know if it will be Rayce Guess or Brian Hander opposing him. Those two finished in a tie for second place after mail in ballots received today were counted.

But only the top two can go in a run off.

After former Denison Council member Janet Gott decided to step down from place six a few months ago to run for mayor, her seat was up for grabs.

Five locals put their hat in the ring.

Candidate Charlie Shearer won 33 percent of the vote, but who will face him in the runoff is still up in the air.

"I don't think anybody expected it to be this tight and you know," Shearer said. "It's been two days after the election and we still don't know who it will be."

Brian Hander and Rayce Guess both got exactly 219 votes.

"Someone asked me to run so I prayed about it and about a week or so I put my hat in the ring so to speak," said candidate Rayce Guess.

Because the two men tied, the Grayson County Election Board said they will recount the ballots. If those numbers come back the same, the second name on the runoff ballot will be decided by a game of chance by casting lots next Monday.

"Drawing names out of a hat or rolling dice," said candidate Brian Hander. "I heard that could happen or drawing straws, that would be really crazy but really fun."

All three men said they just want what's best for their town.

"Having lived away for a little while and seeing other towns develop and come back I think I can use that really well for our town to grow," Hander said. "Grow in a thoughtful way, not just scattered growth."

"I would like to think all my decisions (in Planning and Zoning) I have made have been to benefit the City and to benefit all the citizens, not just a select few," Shearer said.

"I have the City's best interest at heart," Guess said. "My only agenda is to make Denison the best it can be."

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