Drawing decides mayor of St. Hermenegilde
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.