The Hamilton County Election Commission will meet Thursday at 8 a.m. to decide on whether a runoff in the Chattanooga District 9 council race is required.
The race pits current Councilman Peter Murphy against former Councilman Yusuf Hakeem. Hakeem received six more votes than Murphy, but did not receive the 50 percent plus one vote as required by the City Charter.
Hakeem won 1,030 votes to Murphy’s 1,024. There were seven write-in votes.
Hamilton County Elections Administrator Charlotte Mullis-Morgan said today that provisional ballots were opened, but there no ballots were cast in District 9.
For more information, read tomorrow’s edition of the Times Free Press.
Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...