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Precinct captain race settled by coin toss

The upcoming presidential election is said to be a close contest, but it will have nothing on the race for Democratic captain of Kitsap County’s 267th precinct.

Port Orchard residents Jim Herron and Carl Olson faced off until the very end, in a brutal contest that was settled on Wenesday at the Kitsap County Courthouse by a coin toss.

Precinct captain is actually the lowest elected position in the party structure, requiring the distribution of information and a certain amount of meeting organization duties.

Olson said he ran for the post because he had moved and wanted to register in his home precinct. Herron was looking for a way to express his strong anti-Bush leanings.

Neither candidate was aware of — or had met — the other.

After the ballots were counted and each candidate received 94 votes, the election board called on Central Kitsap Commis-sioner Patty Lent to execute the coin toss.

The coin used was a 1997D quarter, which is kept in storage and used specifically for this purpose.

Olson was not present, so Herron called “heads.”

The coin landed tails so Olson was declared the winner.

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