State ex rel. Donald Hicks, Clerk of the McDowell Co. Comm. v. A. Ray Bailey, etc.

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Petitioner appeals from the circuit court's order directing the McDowell County Commission to pay the attorney's fees of a candidate who prevailed an election contest that was filed by his election opponent. Petitioner has learned that the attorney's fees exceed $45,000. Petitioner seeks a reversal of the circuit court's order on the basis that there is neither statutory nor constitutional authority for requiring a county commission to pay a political candidate's fees incurred in an election contest.