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Clermonts newly elected officials took there
oath of office at recent City Council meeting
Clermont City Council held a special meeting last week to have newly elected officials take the oath of office. Former City Councilwoman Gail Ash was sworn in as the city's first female mayor.

Ash defeated incumbent Councilman Rick VanWagner for the position vacated by long time Mayor Hal Turville, Jr. Turville retired from city government after 30 years of service.

Diane Travis took VanWagner's place on the council. Travis defeated opponent Tim Murry in a run-off election. She and Murry had the most votes in the primary squeezing out Thomas Spencer, the third candidate for the post.

Councilman Tim Bates was sworn in for the seat he already occupies. Bates ran unopposed in the primary election.

Although women have served on Clermont's council in the past, this is the first time two served on the board.

Ash is a retired school teacher. Travis is the owner of Travis Realty and a proponent of revitalizing Historic Downtown Clermont.

newly elected officials take oath at recent city council meeting
Diane Travis (left) Gail Ash and Tim Bates are sworn in to the Clermont City Council. Ash is a former councilwoman and replaces Hal Turville, Jr. who retired from public office. (Photo by Mike Corradino)


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