Small Town Tie

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

Eagle, MI- For the last 32 years, if you wanted something done in the little village of Eagle in southwest Clinton County, you probably had to see Mildred Cooper, the village clerk. But after Tuesday's election that may no longer be the case. When the ballots were counted, Mildred Cooper had 20 votes and Laurie Zoll had 20 votes. The 84-year-old Cooper says that since she was elected in 1978, this is the first time she's been in a tie. The clerk in Eagle is elected every 2 years, which means Cooper had won 16 straight elections before being tied this time around.
So now what do they do? The winner will be decided by chance. Some time in the next week the election canvasser will meet with both Cooper and Zoll, and each will pick a piece of paper out of a hat. The one who picks the paper which reads "Elected" gets the job.
With 130 residents, Eagle Village is the the smallest village in the state of Michigan, according to the Clinton County clerk.

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