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Constable Wins 1-0 on Write-In Vote

August 6, 2002

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MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) _ Preacher Lindell Doty didn’t know he was running for constable _ until he had already won the election.

Doty won on a single write-in vote _ the only vote cast.

Doty said Friday he didn’t know who the voter was, ``but it was either my worst enemy or my best friend.″

No candidates were on Thursday’s ballot for constable in two of Weakley County’s nine precincts, including Doty’s precinct in Martin. Constables are elected from each precinct.

The write-in voter took advantage of the ballot void to make Doty his or her choice.

Constables are elected law enforcement officers, generally in small, rural counties, who are paid fees for things like serving legal papers. They also can help local police agencies if called upon.

``I guess I need to find out what it is, what it involves and that kind of thing,″ said Doty, 62. ``If it’s something that would be good for the community, I might do it.″

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