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New council members sworn in; outgoing official thanked for service

By Staff | Nov 15, 2011

Four city council members were sworn in on Monday night amid a packed house and universal applause for the incoming legislators.

Both John Carioscia and Lenny Nesta received the loudest praise from the audience, which was made up of a mix of city employees, residents and those instrumental to their campaigns.

Carioscia replaces Pete Brandt in District 2, while Nesta replaces Bill Deile in District 3.

Given the opportunity by Mayor John Sullivan to share a few parting words, Brandt thanked his supporters and the residents.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve the residents over the past four years,” Brandt told the audience.

Rana Erbick replaces Erick Kuehn in District 5 and Councilmember Derrick Donnell was re-elected to the District 7seat for another four-year term.

Kuehn, who as appointed to the seat, did not seek re-election. Donnell beat challenger David Stokes for the win.

Erbrick said she was neither nervous nor anxious before taking oath of office. Erbrick was joined in the oath by her campaign manager Gary Vandenberg.

“I’m just ready to get to work,” she said.

The new and returning council members join Mayor John Sullivan, council members Marty McClain, Kevin McGrail and Chris Chulakes-Leetz, all of whom were all elected two years ago.

The new body will be faced with not only continuing to work toward jumpstarting economic development, but a myriad of issues ranging from the stalled Utilities Expansion Project to what could be another year of decreases in ad valorum revenue.

All three newly sworn council members ran on platforms that included bringing civility, positivity and a sense of direction back to city council meetings.

The new council members also brought along a new mayor pro tem, as sitting council member Kevin McGrail was appointed to the seat. Bill Deile and Pete Brandt both previously served as mayor pro tem with John Sullivan.