Dan Patterson is chosen to be mayor of Salem
Former Salem Mayor Dan Patterson will reclaim the post effective Jan. 1, 2014, by virtue of the luck of the draw.
Patterson and current Mayor Linda Ward each had in the Nov. 5 general election. Since the community does not have an ordinance on breaking ties through a runoff election, state law says that the tie is broken by the drawing of a name from a hat by the county board of supervisors.
Gary See, chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors, dipped his fingers into a hat this morning and pulled Patterson's name from it.
Patterson served as mayor until Jan. 1, 2012. He did not seek re-election in 2011 and Ward ran unopposed for the office.