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January 3, 2014

A New Direction

CLINTON — In the second day of 2014, the city of Clinton welcomed a new council as five council members were sworn into leadership positions at City Hall.

Ward 1 Councilwoman Julie Allesee, Ward 2 Councilwoman Lynn McGraw, Ward 3 Councilman Ed O’Neill, and At-Large councilmen Tom Determann and Grant Wilke took the official oath during a brief ceremony Thursday at City Hall.

Seventh Judicial District Judge Nancy Tabor swore in each of the new council members, moving them from council people elect to official council members.

With their right hands raised, each new city leader swore to discharge all the duties of a council member faithfully and to the best of his or her ability.

Determann and Wilke won at-large positions outright in the November election, much to their surprise as well as their opponents, who felt the five-person race would yield a run-off election. Former At-Large Councilwoman Jennifer Graf was out-voted in her bid for re-election while Charlie Mulholland chose not to run.

This will be Determann’s first time in an elected position, whereas Wilke was previously a Clinton County Supervisor.

“Some of you just can’t get enough of public service,” Tabor said before administering Wilke’s oath.

Because of redistricting that occurred between the time she was elected in 2011 and the latest election, former Ward 2 Councilwoman Allesee had to choose between running for an at-large or the ward one seat. She opted for the latter, beating former Ward 1 Councilwoman Maggie Klaes.

The will be O’Neill’s second time in a city council seat. Before he ran for mayor in 2011 and was defeated in a runoff election by Mayor Mark Vulich, he served as an at-large councilman from mid-2003 to 2006. He left his position early for a job at the Clinton Regional Development Corp.

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