Recount results in no change in city election; Oxford defeats incumbent Williams by slim margin of 6 votes

From Staff Reports

May 15, 2008 - Well, the tally is in and the results are the same. Charles Oxford won the Sulphur Springs City Council election, according to City Secretary Gale Roberts.

Oxford defeated incumbent Yolanda Porter Williams by six votes. Oxford received 233 votes, 117 votes Saturday and 116 during early voting. Williams, who currently serves as Sulphur Springs mayor, garnered 94 early votes and 133 Saturday for a total of 227. Wednesday's recount matched the ballot totals following Saturday's election for the Place 7 seat on Sulphur Springs City Council.

Williams, after talking to city election officials earlier this week regarding what steps would be required, Tuesday requested a recount. She filed the necessary petition and put up a deposit. Committee members who did not participate in Saturday's election were enlisted to do the counting, assisted by staff of the county clerk, the official elections officer for Hopkins County. The recount was held Wednesday afternoon, with the same results as Saturday's unofficial count, according to the city secretary.

The votes are slated to be canvassed, then Oxford will be administered the oath of office during the regular Sulphur Springs City Council meeting Tuesday, June 3.

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