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Recently Elected Officials Honored at Swearing In Ceremonies

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 Recently Elected Officials Honored at Swearing In Ceremonies

Dozens take the oath of office

“I got back more than I gave, and I gave it everything I had.” That’s what you should be able to say about yourself when your public service career is over, according to 10th district congressman Denny Heck. Heck was the keynote speaker at recent ceremonies for the swearing in of elected officials in Thurston County.

The oath of office was given to people elected or re-elected to a variety of offices including those for the Port of Olympia, the Town of Bucoda, the Cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tenino, Tumwater and Yelm and various other posts.

Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall, herself recently elected, told the audience at the Minnaert Center at South Puget Sound Community College that she understands what a commitment public service can be. “It’s very humbling to put your name on the ballot, but there is no greater honor than public service and contributing to the operations and policies that govern our society.”

22nd District State Senator Karen Fraser also addressed the crowd. She said taking the oath of office transforms a person from candidate to public servant. “It is also a pledge to uphold the fundamental values of our democratic system and to carry out the duties of the office to which you are elected.” Fraser told the elected officials that they could be proud to join public servants across the nation, at the federal, state and local level, in taking the oath of office and undertaking service to the public.

Congressman Heck offered congratulations to the elected officials and offered this advice. “Never stop looking for common ground and always be civil.” He also offered thanks to the newly elected officials and their families for the sacrifices they make in order to take on public service.

In all, more than two-dozen people were to receive the oath of office including those elected to Fire Districts, Parks and Recreation Districts and Cemetery Districts.

In the first photo, Auditor Mary Hall gives the oath of office to Pete Kmet and Debbie Sullivan.

By John Tennis

Mary Hall delivering the oath of office. Mary Hall delivering the oath of office.

Congressman Denny Heck addresses the crowd. Congressman Denny Heck addresses the crowd.