Friday, December 27, 2013
The new year will begin with two new members of Georgetown City Council.
Carol Jayroe and Ed Kimbrough - both Republicans - will be sworn into office for the first time next week while incumbent Democrat Brendon Barber will be sworn in for a fourth term.
Also being sworn in will be Mayor Jack Scoville for his second term.
In November, Jayroe was the top vote-getter with 1,048 votes, Kimbrough received 990 and Barber picked up 988 votes.
Scoville defeated Republican Richard Powers 1,092 to 1,052.
Jayroe and Kimbrough will be replacing Republican Paige Sawyer and Democrat Jeanette Ard, who both lost their attempts at reelection.
They attended their final meeting as council members Dec. 19.
At that meeting, Ard urged council to pursue an ordinance change that would allow for non-partisan elections in the city.
“This city is too small for partisan elections,” she said, adding that the change would cause more people to vote for a person rather than just vote for a person based on what party to which they belong.
At a debate before the election, Jayroe, Kimbrough and Scoville all said they would support such a change. Barber said “no” to the question.
The swearing in ceremony will take place Thursday, Jan. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at Georgetown City Hall.
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