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Lorenzini gets luck of the draw, wins Green Tree Council seat

| Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, 1:33 p.m.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Kristina Pusateri (right) pulls a 9 out of a leather bottle after David Lorenzini (left) had pulled a 35 and by casting lots is pronounced the winner of the tiebreaker for the final seat on the Green Tree Borough Council Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 in the sixth floor offices of Mark Wolosik, manager of the Allegheny County Elections Division in the County Office Building downtown.

To break a tie for the fourth and final open seat on Green Tree Borough Council, lots were cast on Nov. 22, and declared David Lorenzini the winner.

Lorenzini, 48, a Republican, bested Democrat Kristina Pusateri, 50. Both candidates received 497 votes in the Nov. 5 general election.

The casting of lots, a practice that dates back to biblical times, is used to decide tied election races in Allegheny County. A leather jar is filled with 51 individually numbered wooden pellets. The candidate who draws the highest number is declared the winner.

Lorenzini drew 35. Pusateri drew nine.

Mark Wolosik, manager of the county elections division, presided over the proceedings in the county office building. He said there is at least one tie every election cycle.

“There is no way to have a redo vote,” he said. “So this is written into the code.”

This was the only tied race between balloted candidates, he said, though he expects there to be more ties between write-in candidates for positions like inspector and judge of elections.

Lorenzini said he never imagined the race would be decided in such a way.

“I thought it would be by a vote of council . . . never this,” he said.

The results were certified Monday by the county elections board.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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