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Coin Toss Decides Village President Race

The southern Illinois town of Colp had two people running for the position: Bryan Riekena and Tammy O'Daniell-Howell. (WICS)

A race for village president in a small town in Williamson County has been decided by a coin toss.

The southern Illinois town of Colp had two people running for the position: Bryan Riekena and Tammy O'Daniell-Howell.

Both candidates received only 11 votes in the April 4 election.

Illinois law calls for coin flips to settle ties, so the county clerk flipped a quarter to determine a winner.

Riekena picked tails and O'Daniell-Howell chose heads, which proved to be the winning choice.

"I was surprised that no more than 22 people came out to vote," Tammy O'Daniell-Howell said. "And saddened because you should want to have a voice in your community. It doesn't matter if it's a community of 200 or 250,000."

The small town only has 250 residents.

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