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Councilman: 'Lawsuit could be filed in the coming days'

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- A decision on the winner of Chattanooga City Council's district nine seat could be left to a judge.

Councilman Peter Murphy says a number of voters are asking that he join them in enforcing the city's election laws, which state a runoff must be held if a candidate does not receive 50 percent plus one of the overall vote.

Last week, election officials ruled Yusuf Hakeem the winner of the district nine race, citing unofficial write-in votes.

Hakeem beat Murphy by just six votes. Murphy says all votes should count.

Monday, Murphy asked the election commission for a runoff, threatening legal action if one isn't held.

Chairman Michael Walden told Channel 3 in a phone interview Monday that the commission interpreted the law the best it could.

"The election commission has already discussed this at length," Walden said. "We named Yusuf Hakeem the winner. I'm not sure what Mr. Murphy's issue is, but if he wants to file a lawsuit he's able. If a judge wants to reverse our decision, that's okay too."

Murphy says he and his supporters are consulting with lawyers, and a lawsuit could be filed in the coming days.

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