Coin Toss For Mayor Of Albion: Don Bowden Wins 3rd Term


By Joey Martin

Albion, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) on November 5th, 120 voters in the city of Albion went to the voter booths to cast their vote for mayor.

Once the final vote was tallied, the city of Albion found themselves in a very peculiar situation.

The votes came back 60 for incumbent Mayor Don Bowden...

And 60 for John Davis.

According to Idaho law, in the case of a tie...

The final decision will be made by the flip of a coin.

And that's exactly what happened tonight inside the Albion civic center.

Both candidates deferred to call the coin...

So city treasures Mary Yeamen picked a number between 1 and 50.

And in the end it was current mayor Bowden who got to make the call before the flip.

And as the saying goes...

"tails never fails".

And for Bowden, it was tails.

We spoke with the now third term mayor right after the flip.

"I'm relieved that we've finally done it. I would have been good with it either way... so yeah, it's historic. I don't know how many times in the past that it's happened, but it's an interesting happening (laughter)"
Said 3rd Term Mayor, Don Bowden

To commemorate the historic flip.

The local Albion D.L. Evans bank donated the coin..

The coin was a pure silver dollar...

Highlighting the 100th anniversary of D.L. Evans service the state of Idaho.

After the flip, the coin was donated to the Albion historical society.

It will now be put on display to commemorate the historical occasion for years to come.

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