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Coin flip will decide GOP Llano County justice of peace race

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LLANO — After a March primary, a May run-off and a June recount, the race for the Republican nomination for the Llano County Precinct 2 justice of the peace comes down to a coin flip June 12.

During the Republican primary in March, Linda Ballard and Steve Lange were the top two vote-getters in a five-way race, forcing them into a run-off. But the May 27 run-off ended in a tie with Ballard and Lange each earning 371 votes.

On June 9, Llano County Republican Party officials held a recount of the run-off election and announced the results were the same — still tied at 371.

According to Jim Simmons, the Llano Country Republican Party chairman, the decision now lies in the hands of chance and a coin. Under Texas law, the tie is decided by “casting lots,” or a coin flip in this case, if neither of the candidates pulled out of the race.

The coin flip will take place June 12 at noon in the law library of the Llano County Courthouse, 801 Ford St.

The winner of the coin flip likely will be sworn in as the Precinct 2 justice of the peace Jan. 1, 2015, since no Democrat has filed to run in the general election in November.

editor@thepicayune.com