The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 29, 2011

One-vote deadlock decided by draw

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

---- — SUNBURY -- The 9th Ward Constable position came down to the wire on Nov. 8 and had be decided on Monday by the luck of the draw where the low number wins.

In a hard-fought battle, Edwin Quiggle, 26, defeated Heidi Schuerger, 50, Monday after he drew the number four out of a jar.

Out of a possible 16 numbers, Quiggle, who was present for the drawing, drew first and waited for his opponent to draw her number.

Schuerger was a no-show, so the Northumberland County Board of Elections drew for her.

County officials drew the number seven, which meant Quiggle was elected to the 9th Ward Constable position, a non-paying position.

Quiggle and Schuerger were not on the ballot, but tied with one write-in vote each.

The constable gets paid by the district magistrate's office on the amount of work they perform.

Quiggle can now proudly take his position as constable, and Alisha Herb, director of elections for Northumberland County, said this is how tie-breakers are done.

"We pull the numbers," she said. "This is how we have always done it."

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