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Tyler sues Baliles over election

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A Richmond City councilman is suing the man who beat him in last month's election.

Bruce Tyler has filed a lawsuit against Jonathan Baliles, contesting the general election in Richmond's first district. Tyler's lawsuit claims there were several irregularities in the election and that several voters were disenfranchised.

Tyler, the incumbent, lost by only 22 votes. He's asked for an official recount and says this lawsuit is simply a step in that process. He's not accusing his opponent of doing anything wrong.

"Well the lawsuit, again, is part of the process. You have to go through a recount, and then after the recount you go into the next step, which is the contest," said Tyler.

Baliles told us he can't comment on pending litigation, but added, "I have not heard of any problems that occurred in the 1st district on or before or since election day."

Baliles says he doesn't think this lawsuit or recount will change the outcome of the election and he looks forward to representing the first district next year.

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