Oxford runoff election approaches

OXFORD - The city of Oxford is preparing for the county's only runoff election next week.

Frank Davis and incumbent City Councilwoman Amma Gaither will face off for Oxford City Council Post 1 in Tuesday's runoff election.

The two competed in the general municipal election Nov. 6 against Kelly Ellis, but no candidate received the required 51 percent majority, so a runoff is needed.

In the general election, Davis received 112 votes out of 244 votes cast, while Gaither received 64.

Early and absentee voting for the runoff started Monday and ends today.

As of Thursday morning, City Clerk Carol Poole said only four residents had voted in advance voting this week.

The city has 918 registered voters. Of those, 781 are active, while 137 are inactive, she said.

Just under 27 percent of Oxford's registered voters cast votes in the Nov. 6 general election.

Earlier this month, Davis encouraged more voters to vote in the runoff election, even though he said he felt the

number would be low.

"The turnout (of the general election) was rather disappointing," he said. "We have a lot of registered voters who are not voting."

Registered city voters can cast their votes for the runoff election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Oxford Community Center, 810 Whatcoat St.

"They didn't have to have voted before (in the general election)," Poole said.

She said results will be posted on the Community Center's door after votes are tallied that night.