Will wins Murphysboro seat
Nothing wild about a tie vote, just cut the cards By Phil Brinkman Of The Southern lllinoisan Democrat Richard Will was elected to the Murphysboro City Council Thursday with the help of 66 votes and a seven of spades. Will and his opponent, Republican Republican Jack Holt, received the same number of votes in the April 2 aldermanic election for the city's Ward 1. The two agreed to draw cards to determine what the vot- vot- Will wins Murphysboro seat ers could not: Who should represent represent the ward on the city council? Before a small gathering in the city hall annex Thursday afternoon, Mayor David McDowell McDowell opened a new deck of cards, shuffled it several times and asked each candidate to draw one card. Will picked a seven of spades; Holt turned up a four of diamonds. diamonds. "I'm sure he'll be a good alderman," said Holt, who did not appear too wounded' by the outcome. "If I can't be in, I'd like to see him be alderman." Will returned the compliment. "If I'd lost, Jack would have been a good alderman, also," he said. The election is Will's first exposure exposure to city politics. He will be sworn in on April 23, and appear for his first council meeting May 14. Will said he had no particular agenda and wanted to "wait and see what's happening" before saying saying what he would like to see the council do. "I'm just glad it's all over," he said of the election.