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January 11, 2014

Driscoll: Unwavering commitment to Salem

Inaugural address of Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, as prepared for delivery.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the City Council and the School Committee, District Attorney Blodgett, Senator Lovely, and other distinguished guests. Thank you to the students of the Collins Middle School for leading us all in the pledge and the National Anthem.

To every member of our City Council and School Committee who was also sworn in today – especially our new members – let me begin by offering my most sincere congratulations. It truly takes a partnership to make this City go. As the saying goes, there is no I in “team.” Each of you has taken it upon yourself to do something that requires a special degree of commitment and service to our City and for that I and many others thank you.

And to the families - mine includes my husband Nick, our kids Delaney, Ailish and Nicholas - also here from my family are my Dad, two of my three sisters, my Aunt, Uncle and cousin - thank you for being here today and for all that you do day in and day out to help and support us as elected officials.

As we come together I can’t help but reflect on my first inaugural address, eight years ago. At that time, I took office as a 39 year old new Mayor and now two terms later…..I’m still a 39 year old Mayor (funny how that works).

That first inaugural address took place at Old Town Hall, and I observed how that building was symbolic of our City: historic and beautiful, but not quite reaching its full promise.

Today, much has changed.

Old Town Hall now plays host to numerous programs, concerts, and events throughout the year. The first floor is home to a history museum and the building serves as the back drop for our very popular Farmers Market.

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