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Cities of Hawkeye, Salem will pick new mayor out of hat

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A small northeast Iowa city is possibly selecting its next mayor by drawing from a hat.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports ( ) the two candidates for the mayor of Hawkeye each received 63 votes in Tuesday's race. An Iowa code says the winner of a tie in a municipal election is drawn by a county official.

Fayette County Auditor Lori Moellers says a county supervisor will draw either the name of incumbent mayor Brent Ungerer or councilman Don Kelly from a hat or other receptacle.

Either candidate can request a recount.

Hawkeye, with a population of about 460 residents, isn't the only place with a tie vote.

The southeast Iowa city of Salem had 46 votes each for its mayoral candidates. They'll select a winner the same way.

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