Arizona Town Council Election Decided by Card Draw

The election came down to the high card.

With the final Town Council seat in the small Phoenix-area town of Cave Creek on the line, two candidates who tied with 660 votes apiece in a May runoff cut cards to decide the race.

The winner was 25-year-old Adam Trenk, whose king of hearts beat out former Councilman Thomas McGuire's six of hearts.

An obscure Arizona law dating to 1925 says that election ties in all but the state's five top offices should be broken "by lot."

Mayor Vincent Francia called Monday's event "pure Cave Creek." As camera crews and bystanders crammed into the town hall, Francia drew one of three decks from a cowboy hat. A judge shuffled and McGuire drew first.

With Trenk's draw, cheers erupted, and he was immediately sworn into office.