Tompkinsville Mayoral Lawsuit

The lawsuit disputing the results of the Tompkinsville, Ky., mayoral race begins.

In November of 2006, former Sheriff Bev McClendon won the election over Jerry Hodges by just one vote.

Hodges filed a lawsuit in Monroe County, Ky., Circuit Court saying the number of votes cast in the race for mayor was more than the number of registered voters living in Tompkinsville.

Hodges’ attorney, David Cross said voters outside the city limits were allowed to vote for the Tompkinsville mayor. Cross said his client is also concerned about the number of absentee votes cast in the election.

McClendon received more absentee votes than any of the other candidates combined but McClendon’s attorney, Daniel Taylor III said the allegations are false.

“He has put on 33 witnesses but not a single one of them can testify to that,” Taylor said.

Cross said his client doesn’t want anyone to get in trouble over this, he just believes the current results are an unfair representation of who the city of Tompkinsville wants as mayor.

“What we’re asking the court to do is disallow those absentee votes and if those votes in district four are disallowed, my client will be a winner by a substantial amount and he will take office as mayor,” Cross said.

The trial will continue tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, and possibly through the weekend. Stay connected to WBKO as we continue to follow this story.