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CJE Stephens hears novel idea on paying vote case legal bills

Knifley voter says if county foots the legal costs, county voters should be allowed to vote in a 'countywide mayor's race.'

By Ed Waggener

Judge Michael Lee Stephens is opposed to payment for the Board of Election's outside legal representation, but insists his opposition to paying the bill is simply that he thinks there is no real county standing in the controversy to warrant the expenditures, and that it is not a matter of personalities, of favoring one candidate or another.

He says voters he is polling, especially out in the county, are in agreement, acknowledging that the sampling he is taken quite limited, even to geographic area - specifically the northern end of the county above the river.

Judge Stephens says that one man he's consulted with in the Northern end of Adair County has a novel solution to the situation: Have a county-wide vote in the Columbia mayoral race. Judge Stephens said the Knifleyan said that the problem is a city one and that the county shouldn't pay for legal expenses related to the city's mayoral election. However, Judge Stepehns reports, the man said he'd wouldn't be so adamant against continuing paying legal costs so long as the county residents get to vote, proposing a 'Countywide Mayor's Race.'

Two meetings in the morning, first of Fiscal Court at 8amCT, Monday, January 4, 2016, followed immediately by a meeting of the Adair County Board of Elections, may determine whether Adair County Fiscal Court will continue to pay the Adair County Board of Elections' outside legal counsel as the case works its way through the appeals process.

The Adair County Board of Elections is asking that Adair County Judge Judy Vance's ruling that the November 2014 Mayoral Election was invalid and ordering a new election be overturned.

This story was posted on 2016-01-03 12:48:48
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