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News Newly-elected candidates sworn in

Across North Carolina on Tuesday, newly elected officials were sworn into office. In Macon County, the Board of Education swore in two returning board members and welcomed one new face. After running uncontested races, Stephanie McCall and Jim Breedlove secured their seats on the board and were sworn back into office. Melissa Evans, who won the November election against long-time board member Tommy Baldwin, was sworn into office for the first time to represent the Nantahala District.

Newly elected county commissioner Paul Higdon was sworn into office Monday night by Judge Downs. Higdon, who beat out incumbent Bobby Kuppers for the District III seat on the Macon County Board of Commissioners, was joined by his wife Linda and daughter Lauren Shuler. Photo by Brittney ParkerAcross North Carolina on Tuesday, newly elected officials were sworn into office. In Macon County, the Board of Education swore in two returning board members and welcomed one new face. After running uncontested races, Stephanie McCall and Jim Breedlove secured their seats on the board and were sworn back into office. Melissa Evans, who won the November election against long-time board member Tommy Baldwin, was sworn into office for the first time to represent the Nantahala District.

After the members were sworn in by Macon County Clerk of Court Vic Perry, the board held a special called meeting to elect a new chair and vice-chair. On the motion made by board member Gary Shields and seconded by McCall, Jim Breedlove was unanimously voted in as the new Chairman of the Board of Education.

Macon County Clerk of Court Vic Perry (left) swore in Melissa Evans to the Board of Education on Monday. Evans was sworn in with the help of her husband Ray.“Thank you to the board for your confidence in me,” said Breedlove. “I will do the best that I possibly can do. I know we have some tough times ahead and will be faced with some tough decisions and I will do my best to lead the board and the district through them.”

On a motion made by McCall and seconded by Shields, Tommy Cabe was elected to serve as vice-chair of the board. The Macon County Board of Commissioners also swore in two returning members and one newly-elected member. After beating out their challengers during the primary and running uncontested in November's general election, the board welcomed back Kevin Corbin and Jimmy Tate. The board also swore in Paul Higdon, who beat incumbent Bobby Kuppers for the District 3 seat on the board. The new and returning members of the commission were sworn in by Judge James Downs.

After the new board was officially in place, commissioners voted to elect a new chairman and vice-chair. On a motion made by Commissioner Ronnie Beale and seconded by Tate, the board unanimously voted to re-elect Commissioner Kevin Corbin as chair. Corbin was first elected to chairman after the previous chair, Brian McClellan, stepped down from his position as commissioner.

On a motion made by Commissioner Tate and seconded by Commissioner Ron Haven, to keep a bipartisan balance on the board, Beale was elected vice-chair as the sole Democrat on the board.

Kevin Corbin (middle) was joined by daughter Maggie (left) and wife Beth (right) Monday night when he was sworn into office for the Macon County Board of Commissioners.With the help of his wife Allison and children Eliza and Ethan, Jimmy Tate was sworn into office Monday night.





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