Tuesday’s Meridian City Council meeting started with some familiar faces taking an oath.
During what was an emotional ceremony, incumbents Joe Borton, Treg Bernt, and Luke Cavener were officially sworn into their city council seats.
Borton was first sworn in 2005 and this year marks his fourth term on city council. He told the council and gallery that he’s just as ‘energized’ about what’s coming as he was 15 to 20 years ago.
“From an early age, I’ve been ingrained with the belief that we have a moral responsibility to give back to the community. We take a lot in what our city provides to us,” Borton said. “We’re safe. It’s a clean community. It’s a friendly community. And we treat each other like family. And that’s all that I benefit from. So, I’ve got an obligation. If I can help out and give back and be involved in providing that for others, I’ll continue to do so. ”
Bernt was next on the docket. Fighting back tears, he started by thanking his family, who he called his support system, for sticking by his side through late Tuesday night and all the campaigning.
“Thank you to the citizens of Meridian. Those that voted for me and even those who didn’t,” Bernt said. “It’s overwhelming to know that you have the support of so many people who have entrusted in you the duties of this mantle that we carry and so very grateful for that and know that I won’t let you down.”
Cavener, who was in a close race with challenger Mike Hon that came down to 56 votes, started by thanking council member Bernt. From there, he took several emotional minutes to talk about the campaign process and to thank all of his supporters.
“This was a very unique race,” Cavener said. “And I recognize there are almost as many people that are excited to see me here as people who would rather have seen someone else in this seat and so those supporting me, I say thank you. I hope I work the next four years to validate your trust in me. And for the other half, that didn’t think I was the right fit in this seat. I’m looking forward to having those four years to show you I’m worth supporting.”