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Nowlin wins coin toss, place on the November ballot

With the flip of a coin, Alba Nowlin won the last spot on the November ballot over fellow city council candidate Jamal Abdulahi. 

The Rosemount City Council met early Aug. 15 to canvas the primary election results. The primary was held Aug. 12 and whittled down the city council candidate field from five to four. Incumbent Mark  DeBettignies, Shaun Nelson and Kerry Hiben secured their places on the ballot. However, Nowlin and Abdulahi both received 252 votes, which made it necessary to conduct a lottery to select a winner. 

The council used a coin toss to decide. Droste assigned sides of the coin in alphabetical order so Abdulahi was heads and Nowlin tails. He then threw the coin in the air and let it drop to the ground. The mayor and both candidates then viewed the coin and announced that it had landed tails up.

Abdulahi then congratulated Nowlin with a handshake. 

Abdulahi did have the right to request a recount. City attorney Mary Tietjen said during the meeting Abdulahi has five days to submit a written request for a recount at the city's expense. If he does, the Dakota County Auditor will conduct the recount Friday, Aug. 22.

Abdulahi declined the recount stating that he though it was a waste of city resources. 

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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