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Published on May 7th, 2013 | by Newt Rayburn

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Mayoral Candidate Todd Wade Challenges Incumbent Mayor Pat Patterson to Eliminate Conflicts of Interest from Oxford’s City Hall

Oxford, Miss (May 7, 2013) – City of Oxford Mayoral Candidate Todd Wade said today that, if elected, he will not participate in any real estate development transactions in the City of Oxford.

“It is well known that Oxford’s current Mayor [George "Pat" Patterson]  has a vast portfolio of student housing and business property,” Wade said. “It is important to Oxford to remove any question of whether our Mayor is using his public office for personal gain.”

Oxford Mayor candidate Todd Wade at the recent Community Forum.

Oxford Mayor candidate Todd Wade at the recent Community Forum.

Wade continued, “We must work harder to make sure that the public fully trusts the Office of Mayor and, regardless of actual impropriety or not, an outright prohibition on private real estate business dealings for the Mayor will remove any misperceptions and make it crystal clear to the public that I am here to serve them and them alone.”

“The Office of Mayor is privy to numerous city transactions that affect property values well ahead of private citizens, and I believe that policies such as these are necessary to safeguard the public’s trust. Numerous state and federal officials are required to place their assets in ‘blind trusts’ while in office, but such safeguards are rare at the local level.”

Wade continued, “I encourage my opponent to join me in this pledge to restore the public’s confidence. Public office is a privilege, not a right, and government should serve the people. A key to that service is trust, and we should hold ourselves to the highest standards in this area. This can only be proven to the people by open and clear policies that remove all doubt. Further, regardless of this election, I hope that our current Mayor will join me in this common sense pledge to raise the bar for Oxford.”

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Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. Newt is perhaps best known as the leader of the Mississippi RocknRoll band THE COOTERS, but he also has the Country & Southern Rock group, HAWGWASH. Newt is a Photographer, Writer, and Civil War Enthusiast.



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