Eremita and Democrat Kim Miller received the same number of votes, 718, in last week’s election, creating a tie for the final seat on the board.
A recount Monday upheld the tie, and the candidates agreed to let the decision be decided by a coin toss rather than a special election, as allowed by the town charter.
Eremita, Miller, and Town Clerk Elizabeth C. Waters all tossed coins Tuesday in Town Hall. Eremita won because his coin matched Waters’, with both showing tails. Miller’s came up heads.
“It’s an old New England small town at its best,” Eremita said of the flip. “It’s the most fun I’ve had so far as a selectman.”
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