Fiscal issues define Oxford mayor’s race

After eight years of municipal activism that led to major change in the city, Oxford’s city government will, under a new mayor, likely focus for the next couple of years on fiscal conservatism.

Democrat George “Pat” Patterson, 54, and Republican E.K. “Ken” McCullough, 47, will meet in the June 2 mayoral election. Incumbent Richard Howorth declined to run for a third term.

During Howorth’s tenure, the city leaders introduced historic preservation, banned smoking in public spaces and opened a city-county sports park, among other achievements.

But during this campaign, the focus has been on money matters.

McCullough, a longtime regional manager for Nielsen Media, signed a pledge not to raise taxes if he is elected.