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Won seat by four votes

November 23, 2013
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By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

OXFORD – In the incorporated town of Oxford, city council incumbents Claire Hatch and Phyllis Murphy each won by four votes apiece. That’s because there were only four, out of 50, residents who showed up at the polls last week to cast their vote.

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A few years back, before the state mandated county officials take care of all of municipal elections, Oxford would not have held one, said re-elected Hatch.

“Since the county took it over we’ve had to have an election. Without a contested election most folks are just going to stay home,” Hatch said. “I’ve been on the council since the 1980s, longer than Mayor Alan Hatch has been the mayor.”

Incumbent Phyllis Murphy is a newcomer to Oxford. She’s only been a resident for 20 years.

Phyllis Murphy is one of two incumbent Oxford City Council members who won their seats by four votes apiece. Murphy retired to Oxford 20 years ago and is pursuing a degree from Idaho State University in anthropology.

Phyllis Murphy is one of two incumbent Oxford City Council members who won their seats by four votes apiece. Murphy retired to Oxford 20 years ago and is pursuing a degree from Idaho State University in anthropology.

Besides her and Hatch, there are two mystery voters. Murphy voted and she has no husband. Hatch voted, but his wife didn’t. Hatch’s wife went to the dentist and didn’t make it back before polls closed.

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