On Tuesday evening Charles County Board of Commissioners took their oath of office. As reported on Southern Maryland Newspapers Online:
Commissioners’ President Peter F. Murphy (D), formerly a two-term state delegate, made history as the county’s first openly gay commissioner, and reiterated his oft-made campaign promise to ensure that all citizens and viewpoints are heard in matters that come before the board.
“Everybody is in, nobody is left out, and there are no exceptions, and there will be no exceptions,” he said.
Invoking the mantra “One Charles County,” newly elected Commissioner Amanda Stewart (D) said, “The one thing that unites us is that we love Charles County.”
“I want to be part of a community that is unified,” she said. “A community that comes together to celebrate our successes, but values and encourages communication to correct a wrong. I want to be a part of a community that values our past by building a stronger future.”
Murphy and Stewart will fill the seats vacated by outgoing board President Candice Quinn Kelly and Vice President Reuben B. Collins II, who lost their respective primary election battles against delegate-elect Edith J. Patterson and Murphy.
Each re-elected to a second term, Commissioners Ken Robinson (D), Debra M. Davis (D) and Bobby Rucci (D) also recited and signed their oaths.
In addition to the Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Troy Berry, Clerk of the Circuit Court Sharon Hancock, Register of Wills Loraine D. Hennessy, and Orphans Court Judges Frank H. Lancaster, J. Lorraine Berry and Darlene Breck were also sworn into office.
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