Robyn Tannehill never foresaw herself in politics.
She left Florence, Alabama, in 1988 to enroll at the University of Mississippi in Oxford as an art major.
She never looked back.
Tannehill spearheaded the annual Double Decker Arts Festival in 1995 as tourism director, which draws in a crowd of over double Oxford’s population, co-chaired the $30 million bond referendum to build the new Oxford High School and ran for Alderwoman as a Democrat against a Republican who held that seat for more than 20 years.
“For four years I loved being an Alderwoman, but there were so many things that frustrated me that I knew I had to be in the mayor’s seat to change,” she said.
Tannehill ran for mayor unopposed in June 2017, only the second woman to take that title in Oxford.