Mike Vaughn outside Hunter’s Bend Elementary on Election Day, Oct. 24, 2017/ Photo by Mark Cook.
By BROOKE WANSER
Former Ward 2 alderman candidate Mike Vaughn released a statement Monday afternoon regarding his lawsuit filed last week against incumbent Alderman Dana McLendon and the Williamson County Election Commission.
In the suit, Vaughn has alleged McLendon “intimidated” voters, leading to a fraudulent election. He has asked for a new election, and requested that McLendon be barred from being sworn in as alderman during Tuesday evening’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.
McLendon beat Vaughn by 28 votes.
“As you may have read, I have filed a lawsuit in Chancery Court against Mr. McLendon, my opponent in the Ward 2 Alderman race, and the Williamson County Election Commission. The purpose for this suit is to bring to light the accusations that have come to my attention regarding Mr. McLendon’s interaction and behavior with Ward 2 voters during the campaign.
“I would not have taken this step if I felt that these accusations were without merit, nor would I have conceded the election had I known that eligible voters within my district felt intimidated by the actions and written correspondence they received from my opponent.
“Most importantly, I believe strongly that no individual should feel intimidated by the election process, and more specifically, by a candidate running for office. That is not in the nature of our community and it certainly should not be in the nature of its leadership.
“I do not intend to discuss this matter beyond this statement, as I believe it is a situation that is best addressed by the court. My hope is that the issues I have raised in my filing will be addressed quickly and accurately.”