By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
PICAYUNE — Tuesday afternoon, Picayune City Attorney Nathan Farmer swore in the mayor and city council members who will serve 2013- 2017. History was made as Janice Miller Stevens, Lynn Bogan Bumpers and Tammy Valente’ were sworn in along with Larry Breland and Wayne Gouguet.
This is the first time women have outnumbered men in the ranks of five council precincts. This is a fact that was echoed as well-wishers stood up to speak during the conclusion of the ceremony. There was much optimism expressed with a sprinkling of “girl power” comments.
Miller Stevens’ sister stood to tell those in attendance that she was proud of her sister and wished their father had lived to see his dream for her to sit on the council fulfilled. Their father had passed away during her campaign, but had been a strong supporter through the end. The ceremony and council meeting took place on Miller’s birthday, but she was happy to celebrate it serving the community in her new position.
Fellow church members and supporters of Bogan Bumpers stood to offer words of encouragement and congratulations.
All three said they expected a positive relationship with fellow council members and to accomplish good things on behalf of their constituents.
“We are going to make a difference and get things done,” said Miller Stevens. “We began bonding immediately and all have the community’s best interest at heart.”
“We are all going to work very well together for the good of the community. After the first meeting I have found our new members to be very informed and engaged. They asked important questions in our executive session and made great contributions to the discussion. I’m excited about the group our citizens have selected to represent them on the council,” said Wayne Gouguet.