Robyn Tannehill is now Mayor-elect in Oxford

Published 5:13 pm Friday, March 3, 2017

Robyn Tannehill will soon be Oxford’s mayor for the next four years since no one else filed paperwork to run against her by today’s 5 p.m. deadline.

The municipal elections are June 6.

Tannehill is currently the Ward 2 aldermen and decided to run for mayor after Mayor Pat Patterson announced in December he would not be seeking re-election.

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She said her decision to run was based on a desire to serve as a leader and advocate of the town she’s called home for almost 30 years.

Tannehill is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where she met her husband, attorney Rhea Tannehill. She’s served as assistant director of the Oxford and Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation and as executive director of tourism, where she spearheaded the first Double Decker Arts Festival in 1995.

“Over the last 28 years, I have been blessed to experience Oxford from several different perspectives — student, newlywed, University of Mississippi employee, a city of Oxford employee, a small business owner, a volunteer, and a parent with children in the Oxford Public School District,” Tannehill said in January when she filed her paperwork to run for office. “Four years ago, I believed that entering public service was a natural progression for my work in our wonderful community. I feel the same way about running for mayor.

“I do not see myself as a politician, but as a community advocate.”

The following is a complete list of all those who qualified to run for aldermen in their wards:

Ward 1: Incumbent Rick Addy (D) and Patrick Herbert (D)

Ward 2: Paula Shanks (D) and Mark Huelse (R )

Ward 3: Incumbent Janice Antonow – unopposed

Ward 4: Ulysses Howell – unopposed

Ward 5: Incumbent Preston Taylor (D) and Theressa Hilliard (D)

Ward 6: Incumbent Jason Bailey (R ) and Wayne Andrews (D)

At-Large: Incumbent John Morgan – unopposed

Wards 1 and 5 candidates will face off during the May 2 primary election.

Read the complete story in Sunday’s EAGLE.