Residents and family members filled High Point Theatre to witness a historic moment to swear in the city’s first black mayor, Bernita Sims, and the 2012-2014 City Council.
Henry E. Frye, a retired N.C. Supreme Court justice, administered the oaths of office to this term’s city council members and mayor.
“Constituents this is your new council. Council these are your constituents. Say hello,” Sims said. Sims thanked everyone in attendance as well as her family and campaign committee and supporters.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead this city for the next two years,” she said.
Sims was elected with 33 percent of the votes on Nov. 6, despite her campaign being outspent by opponents Coy Willard and Chris Whitley.
In addition to Sims and existing city council members Britt Moore and Foster Douglas, new city council members former mayor Becky Smothers, Jeffrey Golden, Judy Mendenhall, Jay Wagner, Jim Davis and Jason Ewing were also sworn in at Monday evening’s installation ceremony.
Sims mentioned the formation of a few mayoral commissions and the importance of the biannual High Point Market to the city and state’s economy.
“We must step up our game to compete in a global economy,” Sims said. “Now the work begins.”
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