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Guntersville: judge rules incumbent lost by one vote

The Huntsville Times reports: James Townson won his fourth term as mayor of Guntersville by one vote Aug. 24, but a Marshall County judge Friday threw out 27 votes in the election, making car dealer Bob Hembree Jr. the winner - by one vote.

Circuit Judge Tim Jolley granted a motion from Townson's attorneys to delay the order from taking effect so he can hear their arguments asking him to reconsider his ruling. That hearing is set for Thursday in Guntersville.

The election was contested by Guntersville voters Joy Alves Cranford and Locresia Stonicher.

Jolley ruled that 14 illegal votes were cast for Townson and 13 illegal votes for Hembree. One uncounted challenged vote should have gone to Hembree, the judge said, making Hembree the winner by a vote of 1,229 to 1,228. -- Hembree wins Guntersville's race by 1 vote

Disclosure: I am involved in this case as counsel for Mayor Townson.