In alignment with state law, the Election Board held a name draw Monday to determine the winning candidate for the remaining municipal seat in Fairland.

MIAMI– It came down to the luck of the draw Monday, April 17 during a special meeting of the Ottawa County Election Board.

The Ottawa County Municipal Election held April 4 saw a tie for one of the 4-year term seats on Fairland's Board of Trustees.

Board seats 3 and 4 were on the ballot with incumbents Lisa Jewett and Mark Goode vying for a spot along with first-time Fairland candidate Kelda Lorax.

Jewett won the majority, securing a seat with 42.86 percent or 57 votes. However, Goode and Lorax found themselves tied even after a count of provisional votes Friday, April 7, which still resulted in an even split of 28.57 percent or 38 votes each.

Drawing Lots

Election policy in Oklahoma dictates that the winner of a municipal election in the event of a tie will be determined by lots no later than 10 business days following the election.

In alignment with state law, the Election Board held a name draw Monday to determine the winning candidate for the remaining municipal seat in Fairland.

Writing each name on a slip of paper, Election Board Secretary Verna Ferris folded each slip and placed them in a box, holding it above eye level as Board President Barbara Smith made a selection.

We Have a Winner

Drawing a single name slip, Kelda Lorax was declared the winner and is now cleared to claim the remaining municipal seat in Fairland.

In the community, Kelda Lorax and her husband Nick run Stardust Market Garden, a small organic farm on the edge of Fairland, and the Fairland Farmer’s Market.