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.
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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.) ...