It was a big night for Mesa government Jan. 12 as three new councilmembers and Mayor John Giles were officially sworn in at a celebration that took over the Mesa Arts Center in downtown.
District 1 Councilmember Mark Freeman, District 2 Councilmember Jeremy Whittaker, District 3 Councilmember Ryan Winkle and Mayor Giles were all sworn in by family members after diverse performances by talented Mesa natives.
“I’ve never been to a swearing-in ceremony, but this rocked,” Freeman said, thanking his wife and those friends and family who worked on his election campaign. “There will be a learning curve, but we have some work to do and I’m ready.”
Whittaker told District 2 voters that he was “truly humbled you selected me to represent you.”
He also thanked his mother for being his “rock throughout life” and his wife for “always being by my side and truly supportive.”
Winkle thanked his predecessor, outgoing Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, “for his help in making this transition as easy as possible.”
“Let’s continue to create better adults,” Winkle said.
This is the first time Giles has been elected to a full term as mayor. He was elected to finish out the term of former Mayor Scott Smith for the past two years.
“What a cool city we are is oozing from this event,” Giles, the 40th mayor of Mesa, said. “We need to focus on the future of our community and since I’ve had a two-year running start on being mayor, I’ve learned a lot…and I’m more optimistic than I’ve ever been to serve our city.”
Giles said he’s committed “to making measurable growth in our city” and “focus on education.”
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.