Standing room only crowd at Loganville City Hall for historic swearing-in ceremony

There was standing room only Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 for the swearing in of Gwinnett and Walton’s County’s first hispanic mayor and the new Loganville City Council. Outgoing Mayor Dan Curry had U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Georgia 10) open the proceedings with a prayer, something he had done when Curry was first sworn in as Mayor of Loganville.

Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez has the Oath of Office administered by Walton County Municipal Court Judge Bruce Wright with his wife at his side on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

After dealing with old business, and some ceremonial farewells to outgoing mayor as well as long-time City Councilman Mark Kidoo, the incoming Loganville council members and Mayor Rey Martinez were sworn into office.

Returning Councilman Danny Ford was the first to take the Oath of Office with Loganville City Attorney Robin Webb performing the ceremony. This was followed by newly-elected Councilwomen Anne Huntsinger and Lisa Newberry, with Loganville Municipal Court Judge Lori Duff administering the oaths. Mayor Rey Martinez was the last to take the Oath of Office, performed by Walton County Municipal Court Judge Bruce Wright. The newly sworn in mayor was then treated to a standing ovation as he thanked the many national, state and local politicians and dignitaries for being in attendance. Martinez thank God first for his election and then his wife and mother, who was not able to be in attendance. He also made note of the fact that is he, who came to America from Cuba as a young boy of 8, could be elected Mayor of Loganville, then anybody could achieve their dreams. He asked the young people present to stand as he told them anything was possible and to never give up on their dreams. He then took his seat on the Council for the first time as Mayor.

Before going on with business, the Loganville Rotary Club presented the outgoing Mayor with a rocking chair with a plaque thanking him for his dedication to the city and its residents during his term of office.

In the last order of business, Councilman Skip Balalise was elected Vice Mayor and the committee appointments were announced.

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