Coin flip for Big Piney election

SUBLETTE COUNTY – Results of the Big Piney municipal election were officially noted at Tuesday’s town council meeting – with two tied votes broken by the toss of a coin.

Tawnya Miller, with 35 votes, was elected to fill the seat left by departing councilmember and former mayor Michelle Hymas.

However, longtime incumbent Scott Scherbel and political newcomer Sierra Banks tied with 20 votes each after Big Piney’s four-person canvassing board reviewed a total of 45 ballots.

To break that tie, the canvassing board casts its vote and tied, 2-2. In the deciding coin flip, the toss went to Banks, who will take her seat at the Big Piney Town Council’s July 13 meeting.

In Marbleton’s municipal election on the same day, incumbent Jim Robinson retained his mayor’s seat. Challengers Randy Thomson gathered 27 votes and D’Undra Hunter, 19 votes.

Councilmember BJ Meador will return for another term with 117 votes and newcomer Karen Wenz tallied 136 votes to fill departing Mack Bradley’s seat. Their first meeting will be June 14, according to town clerk Shannon McCormick.

Of Marbleton’s 155 total voters, 145 voted at the polls and 10 cast absentee ballots, she said.