Gutierrez has raised two issues. The vote total barely allows Hernandez to escape the need for a runoff election. With such a close vote total Gutierrez said he wants to be certain of the results. He also raised questions concerning the use of St. Joseph Catholic Church as voting center when it is also the church Hernandez attends. The church has taken offense at Gutierrez' second objection.
Gutierrez issued the following statement to his Facebook page:
Family and friends, the recount of the May 10, 2014 election results for District I Lubbock City Council will be initiated on Saturday morning May 17th at the Lubbock County office of elections. This is a precedent setting event for Lubbock politics in that it is the first time a local election has been challenged for recount. Our campaign’s intent is to assure ourselves that we did indeed participate in a free and fair election as constitutionally guaranteed and also upholding and adhering to the principle of the separation of church and state. The recount is not open to the public and will follow the protocols established by the Texas Secretary of State’s office. Note that some in the community are unhappy that we dare to express ourselves with an opinion. May God bless them all, after all this is America.
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