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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Jason Plunk

Low primary turnout embarrassing

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)

Low turnout in primary election

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)

Primary election set for Tuesday

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)

Mayoral candidates debate issues

Mayor Pat Patterson met his two challengers Tuesday at the Oxford Conference Center where the three candidates spoke on topics like budget, parking and alcohol sales. (May 1, 2013, Page 1, 11)

Signs popping up tell us election is near

Campaign signs around town are about as plentiful as daffodils were a few weeks back, Editor Don Whitten says, as he writes about the upcoming municipal elections. (April 22, 2013, Page 4)

Three qualify for mayor’s race

Three people will vying for the mayor race this June and three aldermen won’t have a race at all. See the complete list of who qualified by the 5 p.m. deadline Friday in today’s EAGLE. (March 11, 2013, Page 1A)

City rejects loading zone request for Lyric

The Oxford Board of Aldermen denied a request from the owner of The Lyric Oxford to reserve the loading zone behind his business from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Read about the loading zone issue and other business from Tuesday night’s meeting. (October 17, 2012, Page 2)

City pulls plug on food vendors

The hot dog cart was shut down Friday night along with other outside food vendors on the Square after the city decided to crack down on transient vendor licenses. (September 27, 2011, Page 1)

City nixes more bar hours

A request to extend bar hours until 2 a.m. was denied by the Oxford Board of Aldermen on Tuesday. The board did approve $37,000 for security cameras to install around the Square by mid-August to improve security after recent crimes in the area. (July 6, 2011, Page 1)

Second Sunday alcohol sales sobering

Alcohol sales on Father’s Day were down from Mother’s Day and Oxford Police Department reported no alcohol related offenses during the sluggish sales day. (June 20, 2011, Page 1)

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