3 councilmembers take oath of office

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Staff Writer

Photo by Betty Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Councilmembers Bart Turner (Barrel District), Lauren Tolmachoff (Cholla District) and Jamie Aldama (Ocotillo District) took their oath of office Dec. 11.
 

Nearly two months after winning their re-election, Ocotillo Councilmember Jaime Aldama, Barrel Councilmember Bart Turner and Cholla Councilmember and Vice Mayor Lauren Tolmachoff were given the oath of office Dec. 11.
“I want to thank everyone from family members, friends and neighbors and city staff for attending tonight’s installation,” Executive Communications Officer Sue Breding said. “Tonight, three of the seven elected councilmembers will be sworn into office and formally entrusted with the powers and responsibilities that are outlined in the Glendale City Charter.”
Aldama was sworn in by Glendale City Court Judge Manuel Delgado for his second term on the council.
“It is such an honor and privilege and I am humbled to stand before our great citizens,” Aldama said. “To my Ocotillo constituents, the privilege you have bestowed upon me the past four years and in the future, I do not take for granted.”
Aldama also thanked his wife of more than 30 years, Monica, who was present with him during the installation.
“I want to thank my wife, I love you and thank you for your continued support as well as my immediate family,” Aldama said. “Without my wife’s support, I would not be here today.”
Tolmachoff, who was sworn in by Glendale City Court Presiding Judge Elizabeth R. Finn, also was honored to earn her second term in office.
“I want to thank the residents of Cholla District and all those who supported me and have allowed me the privilege of another term on the council,” Tolmachoff said. “I also have to thank my husband, Andy, and it is hard to believe that four years ago, I stood here wondering what I had gotten into.”
She then pointed to success she and the council have had over the past four years and was ready for another term in office.
“Over the past four years I have learned what a special place Glendale is and that is the people who love this city and get involved,” Tolmachoff said. “While I wondered four years ago what I had gotten into, this time I am excited about the future and Glendale is now thriving and we have a council that works well together and we are moving forward.”
Turner, who was sworn in by former Maricopa County Court Justice Quentin Tolby, also thanked everyone, including his supporters.
“Like four years ago, tonight is a special night and I want to thank the voters in my district and all the volunteers who supported me and have given me the chance to be in this position,” Turner said.

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