Blind Draw Settles Elk Run Heights Mayoral Race
The mayoral race in Elk Run Heights has finally been decided, one week after the municipal election ended in a tie.
On Tuesday, challenger Kristi Lundy won the race when Black Hawk County election officials drew her name out of a box to break the deadlock. The blind draw was required by Iowa law, since Elk Run Heights has no provision in its city code to settle the tie.
Lundy and incumbent Tim Swope each received 130 votes in the Nov. 5 election. Former mayor Gary Wurtz, the third candidate in the race, got 73 votes. One outstanding absentee ballot could have decided the outcome, but it apparently did not arrive at the election office before Tuesday's noon deadline.
The drawing took place immediately after the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors canvassed the votes.
Lundy served as Elk Run Heights' city clerk for 17 years, until she was fired in April following an investigation of payroll and bookkeeping records. Swope was seeking his third term as mayor, a position he's held since 2014.
Swope could ask for a recount, but must make that decision by 5 PM Friday.