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May 6, 2014

Nelson sworn in, chosen as vice mayor

DUNCAN — Monday was a big night for Councilman Mike Nelson, when he was sworn in for the second time to the Duncan City Council.

Nelson, who was re-elected to the council in April, was sworn in by Municipal Judge George Sherrill during a special city council meeting. During the meeting, Nelson was also elected as vice mayor of the council.

“I’m really excited about the next three years,” Nelson said. “We’re going to get some streets done.”

Nelson wasn’t the only councilman slated to be sworn in Monday. Councilman and outgoing vice mayor Ritchie Dennington was also on agenda for the occasion. But Dennington was unable to attend the meeting because he was in Louisiana. Instead, he will be sworn-in, also for the second time, at a later date.

Dennington was unopposed for his ward position on the council. Nelson drew two competitors.

For Nelson, Monday was an opportunity to share a special moment with his friends and family members. In fact, Nelson was supported by his wife Barb, his parents, his three children and four of his grandparents during Monday’s ceremony.

“You really can’t do this job without the support of your family,” Nelson said.

He expressed how much he enjoyed having his family in attendance as he was sworn in.

Various people, including council members and city attorney David Hammond, congratulated Nelson on his re-election to the council and his selection by the council as vice mayor.

“I look forward to working with you again,” Hammond said.

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