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Newly-elected Mayor Kenny Weldon and three incumbent council members who ran uncontested in the May 12 election took the oath of office Tuesday. Several community members attended the meeting to bid farewell to outgoing Mayor Nancy Hunter and welcome Weldon to the helm.
Council members Malcom Cross, Russ McDanel and Alan Nix, who all ran uncontested in their May 12 bids for re-election, were sworn in to another term Tuesday alongside newly elected Mayor Kenny Weldon. Also pictured is Carrie Weldon, who held a Bible for her husband. Scott Evans defeated challenger Mary Beach McGuire in his bid for re-election but was not present at the meeting.
After signing his first official document as mayor of Stephenville, Kenny Weldon said it was a "great day for Stephenville" and wished "Godspeed" to outgoing Mayor Nancy Hunter in her future endeavors. Weldon also said history had been made on Election Day as almost 20 percent of the city's voting population cast ballots and he said he would work to earn and keep trust of citizens, the council and city staffers.
Mayor Kenny Weldon placed his left hand on a Bible held by his wife, Carrie Weldon, as he took the oath of office at a special meeting of the Stephenville City Council Tuesday, which was called to canvas returns from the May 12 election.
The Stephenville City Council bid farewell to Mayor Nancy Hunter, following seven years of service to the city - four years as mayor and three as council member - Tuesday. In presenting a plaque recognizing her service, council member Malcolm Cross praised her leadership in making the city more "safe, free and prosperous." He also said in almost 40 years at the heart of politics, he had never met a better public servant. In a farewell address, Hunter said she was holding her head high knowing she was the part of positive changes and implored the council to proceed with projects and planning that were started during her tenure.
Council member Alan Nash addressed outgoing Mayor Nancy Hunter saying elected officials are faced with the reality that they can at any time be voted out of office. He said their fate is left in the hands of voters who only one see a small part of the discussions that lead to their actions. Nash and Hunter both joined the city council in 2005, after several council members were voted out of the office in the heat of a controversial debate surrounding a rezoning request made by Cafe Trifles.
Council member Alan Nix (far right), who joined the council the same year Nancy Hunter was sworn in as mayor, expressed gratitude to Hunter for "shaking hands, kissing babies and traveling many miles" for the improvement of the city of Stephenville. He said Hunter had done an admirable job and he was certain she would continue to do well for herself and the city.