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- January 12, 1976
- Vol. 5
- No. 1
A New Mayor (Heads) Is Elected, the Old One (Tails) Leaves
Four weeks later, wives by their sides, both candidates appeared at the King County court house in nearby Seattle, where Ralph Dillon of the county clerk's office was waiting with a shiny new Kennedy half dollar. As newsmen jostled for position, Dillon tossed the coin aloft as Nelson called "heads!", then unceremoniously dropped it. "I was afraid of that," he muttered. To the hoot of laughter, he retrieved the coin, flipped it again, still to the call of "heads!" and slapped it down on the back of his hand. "Heads!" he cried, staring down at the Kennedy profile. "Mr. Nelson wins!"
Momentarily stunned by the caprice of four-bitsmanship, Tufarolo recovered quickly, wished Nelson luck and started slowly for the door. "Maybe it's time for someone else to take over," he murmured with tears in his eyes. Winner Nelson seemed equally misty, but quickly recovered his poise. "No matter the method," he declared stoutly, "I still think it was the right choice."
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