OXFORD – With Tuesday's General Election looming, Oxford voters once again find themselves at a crossroads of Town leadership. And while the outcome remains uncertain, the weight of every vote cast on Election Day is sure to shake things up in one of Chenango County's highest-stakes elections.
By all accounts, the majority of the Oxford community's attention lies on the race for Town Supervisor.
The position is responsible for moderating Town Board meetings and leads Oxford board members through – at times – difficult decision-making, in addition to maintaining and balancing the finances of the Town's checkbook.
For this election, 18-year incumbent Lawrence Wilcox faces opposition from Fred Lanfear – a 50-year resident of Oxford who served in the U.S. Military prior to dedicating a career to the Oxford Academy School District as a high school Social Studies educator and later as a Parent-Family Worker for the Pre-K program.
A Life-long Oxford dairyman, Wilcox has held the Town of Oxford Supervisor position since 1997 and has likewise served as Chairman of the Chenango County board of Supervisors since 2012.
Wilcox touts that under his direction the Oxford remains debt-free, and enjoys a positive capital reserve account thorough scrupulous budgeting.
Of notable dispute among the two candidates is the future of gas drilling, material staging and mineral rights within the town of Oxford boundaries.