Update: Chattanooga Councilman calls on election commission to hold District 9 runoff or he could pursue legal action

Update: Chattanooga Councilman calls on election commission to hold District 9 runoff or he could pursue legal action

March 18th, 2013 by Cliff Hightower in Local Regional News

Peter Murphy

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

District 9 Councilman Peter Murphy, who lost a re-election bid March 5, is asking the Hamilton County Election Commission to hold a runoff election.

He gave the commission until 5 p.m. Tuesday to say it will have a runoff or he will consider pursuing legal action.

Murphy lost his seat last week when the Hamilton County Election Commission ruled former Councilman Yusuf Hakeem the winner of the March 5 city election. Hakeem won by seven votes.

But Murphy, who has been the councilman for the district over the last four years, contends there should be a runoff due to ballots cast. The election commission threw out several provisional ballots because it said they were not legitimate ballots under state law.

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