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PRINCETON — David Graham will continue to serve as mayor of Princeton.

The newly elected members of the Princeton City Council were sworn in last week during a brief ceremony at the council chambers of the Princeton Municipal Building, and Graham was reappointed as mayor.

City Attorney Paul Cassell called the meeting to order, then turned the meeting over to City Clerk Ken Clay to swear-in Councilmen Joe Allen, James Hawkins, Marshall Lytton and Councilwoman Jacqueline Rucker.

Allen is entering his first full term on Council after being appointed to succeed former Councilman and Vice Mayor Tim Ealy in 2019. He represents Ward IV.

Hawkins, a political newcomer, was elected to replace the retiring Jim Harvey in Ward III.

Lytton served as a replacement member on Council in the late 1970s, then was elected to his fourth consecutive term in Ward II.

Rucker is entering her third term on Council representing Ward I.

After the representatives were sworn in, Councilman Dewey Russell nominated incumbent current Mayor David Graham to again serve in the position. There were no other nominations.

Graham was unanimously reelected to his fourth term, third full, as Mayor by roll call vote.

Graham then nominated Lytton to replace Harvey as Vice Mayor. Clay administered their respective oaths of office.

Graham then appointed Councilman James Hill and Allen to the Public Safety Committee; Rucker and Russell to the Public Works & Recreation Committee; and Lytton and Hawkins to the Finance & Administration Committee.

Graham also named Russell as Council’s representative to the Region I Planning and Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias and the Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Lytton and Russell were named to the city’s financial oversight committee.

Graham said, “I appreciate the consent, advice and support of Council. We have a lot of opportunities here with our new Ecomomic Development Authority, plus challenges to work on starting with the Rogers Street Flood Control Project.”

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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