Editor Don Whitten writes about the low turnout at last week’s primary election for city government, noting that it only took a 100 votes or so to re-elect two aldermen. It’s not about who wins, but rather the turnout in a community that steadily growing. (May 13, 2013, Page 4A)
Mayor Pat Patterson has won a spot on the ballot as the Democratic candidate for the general election on June 4 after soundly beating his opponent, Jason Plunk, in the Democratic Primary Election on Tuesday. Patterson won with 1,360 votes to Plunk’s 198 votes. The results include affidavit votes that were counted this morning at City Hall.
Patterson will now face Independent candidate Todd Wade next month.
About 1,656 voted in Tuesday’s primary which is about a 14.8 percent voter turnout. Oxford has 11,176 registered voters. In 2009, about 1,500 voters turned out for the primary election. (May 8, 2013, Page 1A, 12A)
Two ward seats will be decided in Tuesday’s primary election with only Democrat candidates running in wards 4 and 5. The democratic candidate for mayor will also be decided. The primary election will be held at the Oxford Conference Center this year. For years, it’s been held at the Oxford Activity Center but city officials moved the election to the OCC to better accommodate larger crowds and in anticipation of tennis court construction. Voting begins at 7 a.m. and polls will close at 7 p.m. (May 6, 2013, Page 1A)
In the first two days that residents could begin qualifying for Oxford’s municipal elections this year, six people officially tossed their hats in the ring, including the incumbent mayor, Pat Patterson. (January 4, 2013, Page 2A)