In a wide enough margin to put her easily over the top without a runoff election in November, Jill Cox of Weaverville held an overwhelming lead on Election Night in a three-way race for the District 2 seat representing most of Weaverville on the Trinity County Board of Supervisors. With provisional and mail-in ballots still being counted for three days, Cox had received 443 votes (71.3 percent); Melanie Miller had 112 votes (18 percent) and Thomas Fox was third with 66 votes (10.6 percent) of votes counted.
Winning the seat outright requires a vote count of 50 percent plus one. When no one receives that, the top two move on to a runoff election in November. Assuming Cox’s commanding Election Night lead holds, there will be no need for a runoff.
Cox has a California teaching credential and teaches private piano and music theory lessons. She also owns and operates an advertising business.
Rival Melanie Miller of Weaverville is a comedienne and retired owner of Trinideli, a delicatessen she owned and operated in downtown Weaverville for 25 years before retiring last June. Tom Fox described himself as a self-employed student of the law, now retired.
Incumbent District 2 Sup. Judy Morris will complete her third term in the office at the end of this calendar year. She announced at the start of this year that she would not seek election to a fourth term. The new term begins next January when newly elected supervisors will be sworn in.