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Draw Decides Election

September 17, 1987

SALEM, Conn. (AP) _ Two Democrats vying to represent their party as a Board of Selectmen candidate waged a traditional campaign, but it all came down to the luck of the draw.

Charlene Clancy and Charles Zemko tied, 155-155, when Tuesday’s primary results were tallied.

On Wednesday, an attorney from the secretary of the state’s office told local officials they would either have to flip a coin or pick a name from a hat to break the tie.

Zemko was declared the Democrats’ endorsed candidate for the post Wednesday afternoon, when his name was chosen from a straw hat by election moderator Linda Phillips.

″I’m elated,″ Zemko said.

Clancy says she was satisfied with her 50-50 chance of winning.

In November, Zemko will square off against Republican Francis Robinson.

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