Frank Gutierrez Vs. Victor Hernandez Recount Denied: Can Be Requested Again

Published 05/15 2014 05:03PM

Updated 05/15 2014 05:13PM

Frank Gutierrez, image from Facebook
Frank Gutierrez, image from Facebook
LUBBOCK, TX -- City Council candidate for District 1, Frank Gutierrez, was denied his petition for a recount on Thursday. However, he still has until Friday afternoon to fix problems with his petition and re-submit it.

“The recount petition filed May 14, 2014, for the District 1 City Council position did not meet all of the state statute required elements of a recount petition,” a written statement from the City of Lubbock said.

The statement also said, “State law requires that the petitioner be notified promptly of each defect in the petition. Mr. Gutierrez, and his attorney Bill De Haas, were notified of the defects.”

Hernandez won re-election in the May 10 city/school election. However, the margin by which he avoided a runoff was only eight votes.  Lana Bear Moore was the third place candidate and would not be in the potential runoff election.  

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