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March 5, 2013

Coin flip decides Augusta City Council primary race

An Augusta City Council primary race was decided Tuesday morning by a coin flip.

An Augusta City Council primary race was decided Tuesday morning by a coin flip.

Ward 2 challenger Mark Knowles won the toss after incumbent Michael Huddleston called “heads” and the coin came up tails.

The two had been tied at 28 votes after three of five provisional ballots, including one from Knowles’ wife, were thrown out.

Butler County Clerk Don Engels said two of the ballots were tossed for having addresses outside the ward they were voting on, and the other was rejected for failing to have a photo ID.

Knowles, a former Augusta police officer and fire fighter who works for the school district in grounds and maintenance, said the three rejected provisional ballots, including his wife’s, were for him. His wife, Cecelia, was trying to change from her maiden name and also change her ward, he said, but the changes weren’t accepted.

“I’m glad it didn’t come down to my wife’s vote,” Knowles said. “At least this way it was fair and square.”

Knowles will face the first-place finisher, Jamie Hubbard, in the general election.

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