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January 8, 2014

Mayor Ken Gray's inauguration speech

The following is the text of Mayor Ken Gray’s inaugural speech:

Good evening and thank you all for coming. It is truly an honor, to be here, standing before you, as your new mayor.

I’d like to thank our master of ceremonies Peter Hoyt, Reverend MacPherson for providing the invocation, and of course Rosemary Werner for organizing this event … twice! Thank you Rosemary, you’ve done a wonderful job.

And congratulations to the new members of the Housing Authority, the Library Board of Trustees, the Planning Board, the School Committee and the City Council. And I’d like to thank the outgoing members for their time and efforts towards making Amesbury a better place. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Kezer for his 8 years of service to and stewardship of the community.

I’d also like to thank Mayor Costello, Mayor Hildt, Representative Costello, Senator Ives, and Mayor Holaday for being here tonight and sharing in our celebration.

And special thanks our team of dedicated volunteers who gave so generously of themselves and their front lawns … and put in countless hours during the past months of campaigning. Without you and your support we would not be here tonight … Thank you all.

And to my family, my wonderful wife Donna, my tremendous children and grandchildren who are here tonight … Thank you. We did this together.

And finally, I humbly thank the voters of Amesbury for putting their faith and trust in me, and for giving me the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.

Now that the election is over it’s time to look to the future. It’s time to focus on what connects us, and to celebrate what we have in common.

And we have much to celebrate, and much in common!

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