Jim Jaramillo


OXFORD — Jimmy Jaramillo has won a seat on the Oxford town commission.

Oxford held an election for one of its three commissioner seats on Tuesday.

Jaramillo won the race with 167 votes defeating Chris Kalinski and Freiderikos Franke.

Jaramillo said in an interview with The Star Democrat his main focus will be on maintaining Oxford’s community character and spirit. “We’re one big family,” Jaramillo said. He also said he will focus on bringing Oxford more grant money and funding from Annapolis and Washington D.C. for parks, infrastructure and other projects.

Kalinski received 96 votes in Tuesday’s election and Franke got 37 votes in the local election.

The election was for the commission seat currently held by Commissioner Gordon Graves.

The term for the seat ends June 30, 2023.

Jaramillo serves as vice chair of the Talbot County Republican Party and is chairman of the Mid-Shore Young Republicans. Jaramillo said he will be stepping down from the Central Committee post effective Oct. 1 to focus on his work for the town.

Jaramillo will officially take office Oct. 7. His first meeting on the town commission will be Oct. 13. He stressed his community ties throughout the campaign. “I have been a resident since 1997. I grew up here. We moved here from Philadelphia,” he said.

Oxford Town Clerk Cheryl Lewis said 50% of registered voters turned out for the election. She said the election was held outside the town building with social distancing measures and outdoor voting stations in place.

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