The City of Cambridge celebrated the official swearing-in of Helen Shwery as the new Ward 1 councillor in a ceremony held before Tuesday night’s council meeting.
In a brief yet formal ceremony, Shwery took the oath and signed the declaration of office, receiving a warm round of applause from those present in the council chamber. Mayor Jan Liggett formally welcomed Shwery, expressing confidence in her future contributions. “I am confident that Councillor Shwery will bring a unique point of view to decisions made at council, be a valuable asset to discussions, and a passionate advocate for residents of Ward 1,” Mayor Liggett stated.
Filling the Void
Shwery steps into the role previously held by long-time councillor Donna Reid, who passed away in August. Her entry brings the council back to its full complement, a point highlighted by the mayor. “It will be good to have a full complement once again of council,” Mayor Liggett added.
Shwery’s appointment follows her decisive victory in the November 13 Ward 1 by-election, where she garnered 944 votes, approximately half of all votes cast. In total, 1,900 votes were cast in the by-election. Shwery herself did not make a speech during the swearing-in ceremony.