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Polls open today for Special Election

The special election to fill the vacant Ward IV Alderman seat for the City of Oxford is today.  

Ward IV voters will be able to visit the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Oxford Conference Center. Keshia Howell-Atkinson and Arnold Pegues are running against each other for the position. 

Extra caution should be taken when driving to the precinct. Due to roundabout construction at Sisk Avenue and Highway 7, voters are encouraged to detour onto Highway 30 and Ed Perry Boulevard to access the conference center. 

The Ward IV seat was vacated in May, when Ulysses ‘Coach’ Howell passed away suddenly on May 11 after suffering a major stroke on May 10. He served as the Ward 4 alderman for 26 years before his passing. 

Howell-Atkinson is the daughter of Howell, and Pegues is running for the second time in the last six years. He ran against Howell in 2013.