RUTLAND — An unprecedented tie for a seat on the Rutland Board of Alderman has been resolved between the two candidates.
Thomas Franco got seat on the board after John Atwood, who was making his fourth run for the board, announced that he’d remove himself from the race. Each received 1,122 votes in the election on Town Meeting Day.
The candidates ran on similar platforms, both backed by a grassroots political group called Rutland Forward. Atwood said he thinks Franco can carry out a common vision for the position.
City Clerk Henry Heck said that, in his 13 years on the job, he’s never seen a tie for an elected position. The candidates had a few options for settling the tie, including a recount. In that case, one of the candidates would have needed to file a request within five days of the election. If the clerk…