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Saint Joseph's Catholic Church denies Gutierrez allegations

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

On Saturday morning, the Lubbock City Secretary will begin a recount for the District 1 city council race.

The secretary approved an amended petition on Friday.

An attorney for Frank Gutierrez filed the petition on Wednesday, but it did not meet state requirements. Gutierrez had until 4 p.m. Friday to file the amended petition.

He challenged incumbent Victor Hernandez for the District 1 seat in the May 10 election. Hernandez avoided a runoff election by fewer than ten votes.

But on his Facebook page, Gutierrez questioned the credibility of the race, saying Hernandez had a voting box at the church he attends.

The church being referenced is Saint Joseph's Catholic Church on 1st Street and Avenue P.

We spoke with Reverend Martin Pina Friday evening, who wanted to make it clear that the church does not do anything to influence votes. He says they encourage their members to be informed and vote their conscience.

We also contacted Gutierrez for comment. He referred us to his attorney, who has not yet returned our call.

The recount process will be done manually, and it's not known exactly how long it will take.

We'll continue to follow this story and let you know when the results are announced.

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