New City Council sworn into office in Laurel

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 03:27:05 PM. The newly elected Laurel City Council was sworn into office Monday evening, welcoming two newcomers and the return of three incumbents after the Nov. 7 contested election.
The newly elected Laurel City Council was sworn into office Monday evening, welcoming two newcomers and the return of three incumbents after contested elections on Nov. 7. Carl DeWalt and Keith Sydnor were elected to Wards 1 and 2, respectively, joining incumbents Valerie Nicholas and Frederick Smalls. DeWalt, a former Laurel police officer, was unsuccessful in his run for Ward 1 in 2015, while this was Sydnor’s first run for office. At-large Councilman Michael Leszcz was re-elected to his 11th term on the council and was elected council president on Nov. 13. Ward 2 Councilwoman Donna Crary did not seek re-election. On Monday, DeWalt said it felt “surreal” to become a councilman and he’s excited to work with his fellow council members and follow through on his campaign promises for a safer Main Street. “I’m humbled by the citizens to be selected,” DeWalt said. “I hope we can get some of the things done that the citizens want in our community [and] we can get started off on the right foot.” Andrew Michaels Following a close race in Tuesday’s Ward 1 Laurel City Council election, the absentee and provisional ballot count Wednesday did not change the unofficial outcomes. Councilwoman Valerie Nicholas, with 480 votes, and newcomer Carl DeWalt, 467 votes, were elected in what city officials called one... Following a close race in Tuesday’s Ward 1 Laurel City Council election, the absentee and provisional ballot count Wednesday did not change the unofficial outcomes. Councilwoman...Read more
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