There might be some debate over why over 100 people gathered at St. Paul’s Church on a Wednesday evening for a town commissioner special election forum. One reason for sure was the ice cream, thanks to the local Scottish Highland Creamery. But the second, and no doubt the more significant one, was a genuine concern about Oxford’s future and protecting its unique way of life.
Regardless of the motive, it was darn near standing room only last night but with one essential element missing. One of the two candidates, Katrina Greer, respectfully declined to participate, as she has done previously with a similar invitation from the Oxford Community Center.
This rather significant gap posed an interesting dilemma for the audience and the Spy when Ms. Greer’s regret was made known.
But interestingly enough, no one, including this correspondent, left their seats as the only candidate present,Susan Delean-Botkin, took the stage with non-Oxford resident Ferry Captain Judy Bixler acting as moderator.
The following are the highlights of Ms. Delean-Botkin’s response to questions from the audience.
The Spy offers an open invitation to Ms. Greer to present her perspective on similar questions at her convenience before the Oxford’s election is set for Tuesday, June 20. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In-person voting will be held at the Community Services Building at 101 Market Street.
This video is approximately 18 minutes in length.