Yusuf Hakeem Declared Winner in Chattanooga's 9th District Race

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 3/13/2013 7:04 pm
After much discussion, two hours of it to be exact, a winner is finally selected.

Former Chattanooga Councilman, Yusuf Hakeem, is back on the job, ultimately beating out Peter Murphy.

Hakeem adds, "I think God used me to show everyone that every vote does indeed count."

On March 5th, Hakeem received 1,030 votes, Murphy, just six less than that.

So, they knew the seven write-in ballots would either decide their fate or a run-off election.

The Hamilton County Election Commission decided to count five write-in ballots that were properly filled out, but they were not added to Hakeem's total because the names written on them were for different candidates.

With that being said, election officials believe it was enough to give Hakeem the majority that he needed.

Elections Administrator, Charlotte Mullis-Morgan, says, "We've had questions before, but not anything like this."

Now, Murphy admits he's disappointed in the outcome.

Murphy adds, "I think they realized that there wasn't a clear right answer, and that became apparent when there was motion after motion. Finally, they attempted to split the baby in half and of course I appreciate their efforts."

Murphy has not decided yet if he will go to court and fight the ruling.

Hakeem says he was prepared to go if the tables were turned, but for now.

He adds, "I'm grateful for the vote that was taken. I think it deals with common sense and the rule of law."

Hakeem and the other new council members will be sworn into office April 15th.
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