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Davis defeats Gaither in Oxford Council Post 1 runoff
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Frank Davis defeated incumbent Amma Gaither Tuesday night in a runoff election for the Oxford Council Post 1 seat by a vote of 92 to 32.

"My wife feels a little scared," Davis joked after garnering nearly two thirds of the 124 votes cast. "But I am very happy."

In the original election, held Nov. 6, neither candidate was able to capture the necessary 51 percent or more of the votes.

With 232 votes cast in the original election, Davis was the clear favorite, capturing 48.3 percent of the vote. Gaither came in second with 27.6 percent of the vote. Kelly Ellis came in third with 22.8 percent.

Davis was not surprised by Tuesday's overwhelming victory given previous election's results.

"I need to find my 92 friends out there and thank them all personally," said Davis, who was running for elected office for the first time. "I guess I can go to work now."

The turnout was fairly low for the runoff election, with less than 14 percent of the more than 900 registered voters turning out.

Davis has been the chairperson of the Oxford Planning Commission for the past four years. He is also a member of the Historical Cemetery Society.

After Tuesday's election, Davis reiterated one of his main goals as a council member would be to bring a Homestead Tax Exemption to homeowners in Oxford.

He also said he would push for a sidewalk north of Palmer-Stone along Mitchell Street to the Oxford Square.

"This year is supposed to be the year," Davis said. "I guess we'll see."

In the past Davis made it clear he supports the city building a new city hall and a municipal courtroom and is in favor of a very limited form of development in the form of a town center, but he does not support large-scale commercial development in the town.

Davis said there was no real reason to celebrate after the victory and he and his wife just planed on spending a nice evening at home.