Tuesday, June 16, 2009

An old West (and maybe rural) way to settle a dispute

Read Randal C. Archibold's New York Times story about how Cave Creek, Arizona, population 3,728, settled a tie in the race for a city council seat--by shuffling a deck of cards. While Cave Creek is small, it is in metropolitan (and sprawling) Maricopa County, the 4th most populous county in the nation, whose county seat is Phoenix.

Interestingly, the young man who prevailed in the card draw, 25-year-old law student Adam Trenk, is described as having "moved to Cave Creek last year from Scottsdale, an upscale suburb to the south, to keep a horse in his backyard and live the Western life he believes is threatened by unchecked development. He cast himself during the campaign as a preservationist."

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