New politician wins office after clerk pulls slip from hat

WALLS — A political newcomer has won an election drawing for alderman in Walls, DeSoto County’s smallest municipality.

The Commercial Appeal reports that Tammy Patrick and incumbent Jimmy Doyle each got 18 votes in a six-person race for five seats on the Board of Aldermen.

Town clerk Amie Carr pulled a slip of paper out of a basket to decide the race.

Doyle was appointed nearly two years ago when another alderman stepped down. He says there’s still a Doyle on the board. His wife, Jenny Doyle, received 20 votes.

Also elected were Beverly Thomas, Vicky Waddey and incumbent Ray Denison — husband of the town’s new mayor, Pattie Denison.

The Census Bureau says Walls has nearly 1,200 residents; about 700 are old enough to vote.

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