KINGSBURG, Calif. — A City Council race that ended in a dead heat on election night came down to a simple coin toss Tuesday. But did the winner really call tails?
Candidates Paul Kruper and Rick Walley each received 1,272 votes in November's City Council race in this small Central California farming town about 20 miles southeast of Fresno.
As allowed by state law, the council called a special session Tuesday to break the tie. But controversy emerged as several people at the meeting questioned Walley's call just before the toss.
They swear they heard him call heads. But he says that's not true.
"The council sitting there close by heard what I said. . . . I'm very confident that I called tails," said Walley, who was declared the winner.