Draw­ing de­cides mayor of St. Hermenegilde

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The small ham­let of St. Hermenegilde was a town di­vided on Novem­ber 3rd, the day of the elec­tions. Al­though the three coun­cil seats be­ing con­tested were de­cided eas­ily, with large mar­gins be­tween the in­cum­bents, who all lost, and those run­ning against them, both of the can­di­dates run­ning for mayor got 184 votes each. Those can­di­dates were in­cum­bent mayor Lucie Trem­blay and a for­mer mayor of the town, Ger­ard Duteau.

A re­count of the votes took place on Mon­day, Novem­ber 11th, at the Sher­brooke Court House, which ended with the same re­sults: 184 votes each. Ac­cord­ing to elec­tion law, the names of the two can­di­dates were then thrown into a hat, so to speak, and Ger­ard Duteau was the lucky can­di­date who had his name pulled and will serve as mayor.

Be­sides di­vid­ing the vot­ers of this small com­mu­nity of roughly 700, the mayoral can­di­dates may also have caused some ‘fam­ily feuding’: Mr. Duteau is the brother-in-law of Ms. Trem­blay.

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