A new era in Brazil politics is about to begin.
This Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at 10 a.m., the newly elected mayor and members of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be sworn in.
Clay Circuit Court Judge, and former Brazil City Attorney, Joseph Trout will be performing the ceremony in the Council Chambers at Brazil City Hall.
Current Mayor of Brazil Ann Bradshaw, who took over for Tom Arthur at the end of June, will officially become the first female elected to the position.
Pat Heffner and Bill Lovett will be sworn in to their respective At-Large and Ward 4 council seats as they were re-elected to those seats in November's General Election.
Ward 3 Council Member Steve Lamb took Bradshaw's seat on the council after she became mayor and will begin his first full term on the council.
New to the council in 2008 are Brad Deal and Sam Glover in the Ward 1 and 2 council seats, respectively. Deal defeated Cindy Schmaltz and Glover defeated Jim Bales in the 2007 General Election. Deal will be taking the seat which had been occupied by James Sheese, who lost the mayoral race of the General Election to Bradshaw, for the past 20 years. Glover will be taking over his seat from Nancy White, who did not run for election and was appointed to the seat following former council member Marty Beasley's resignation after the March 13, 2007 council meeting.
Also to be sworn in Friday is the newest clerk-treasurer Karen McQueen. McQueen, who is currently a deputy clerk-treasurer, defeated Janet Wallace in the General Election to take the place of current Brazil Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster.
All elected officials will officially take their positions Jan. 1, 2008.