Council vacancy filled, 27 ballots and two hours later

MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (AP) - City council members needed 27 ballots over two hours to fill a council vacancy.
"It did get kind of silly and then we get a thunder-and-lightning snowstorm to top it off. It was a weird night all around," Council President Diane Stroud said after Tuesday
night's marathon voting.
Stroud said council members considered a coin toss, but decided to keep voting.
Sharleen Connolly, a real estate agent who did not get a single vote until the ninth ballot, was elected over four others in this Cleveland suburb alongside Lake Erie.
"I went out and got coffee in the middle of it and when I came back I was in the race," Connolly said.
Four votes were needed to win the seat.
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