Con­tra Con­sta County de­cides elec­tion — with a roll of the dice

The Mercury News - - Local News - By Jon Kawamoto [email protected] ba­yare­anews­ Con­tact Jon Kawamoto at 510-748-1658.

MAR­TINEZ >> In a scene harken­ing back to the days of the Wild West, a Con­tra Costa County elec­tion was de­cided Fri­day morn­ing — with a roll of the dice.

The un­usual tie breaker marked a first for the Con­tra Costa County elec­tions of­fice — and a first in the 100-yearhis­tory of the ir­ri­gation dis­trict. The county elec­tions of­fice streamed the event on Face­book Live.

At 11 a.m., in­cum­bent Larry Enos and chal­lenger Mi­lan “Pete” Petro­vich took turns rolling a 20-side die — taken from some­one’s Dun­geons and Dragons board game — three times for the By­ron-Bethany Ir­ri­gation Dis­trict Di­rec­tor 1 con­test.

Enos won on the third roll, with 51 points, de­feat­ing Petro­vich, who ended up with 45 points.

“This is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent — not what I ex­pected,” said a calm and happy Enos, who was re-elected to his third term on the ir­ri­gation dis­trict board. “Ev­ery vote counts. I was ex­pect­ing a coin toss.”

Petro­vich walked out im­me­di­ately af­ter the third roll, but said be­fore the tie breaker, “When I’m done, I’m leav­ing — win or lose. I won’t have to worry about it. I think this is funny my­self.”

The dice roll was de­cided as the method by the county and ir­ri­gation dis­trict ear­lier this week af­ter Enos and Petro­vich ended up in a tie with 51 votes each.

Con­tra Costa County As­sis­tant Regis­trar of Vot­ers Scott Konopasek said the county’s elec­tion code doesn’t spec­ify how to break a tie — whether it’s by draw­ing cards, rolling dice, flip­ping a coin or the clas­sic game of rock, pa­per, scis­sors.

There are only 147 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers for the By­ron-Bethany Ir­ri­gation Dis­trict Di­rec­tor 1, ac­cord­ing to Paul Bur­garino of the Con­tra Costa County elec­tions de­part­ment.

The By­ron-Bethany Ir­ri­gation Dis­trict is a spe­cial dis­trict serv­ing parts of Alameda, Con­tra Costa and San Joaquin coun­ties across 47 square miles and 30,000 acres, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

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