published Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

UPDATE: Peter Murphy says he'll sue to get a runoff in Chattanooga District 9


by Cliff Hightower
Former City Councilman Peter Murphy holds a news conference announcing his challenge of the ruling over the District 9 City Council race on Monday. The Hamilton County Election Commission ruled last week that he had lost the March 5 city election to Yusuf Hakeem.
Former City Councilman Peter Murphy holds a news conference announcing his challenge of the ruling over the District 9 City Council race on Monday. The Hamilton County Election Commission ruled last week that he had lost the March 5 city election to Yusuf Hakeem.
Photo by Jay Bailey.

Update: Chattanooga City Councilman Peter Murphy said this afternoon that he plans to sue over the Hamilton County Election Commission not calling for a runoff in his race for the District 9 seat.

Hamilton County Election Commission Attorney Chris Clem told District 9 Councilman Peter Murphy today the councilman only had two options: accept the results of the election or sue.

“Holding a press conference and demanding the election commission reconsider is not a valid option for you,” Clem wrote in an email to Murphy.

Murphy held a news conference Monday demanding the election commission hold a runoff in the District 9 race, which was decided by six votes with Yusuf Hakeem the winner. But the election commission has said it made a decision last week and it will stand.

For more information, read tomorrow’s edition of the Times Free Press.

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