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Adelanto swears in councilmen

Jermaine Wright Sr. and Ed Camargo take oath

ADELANTO • The two newest board members to take their seats in the Adelanto City Hall were sworn in Wednesday night as the city begins to celebrate its 42nd year of being incorporated.

Ed Camargo, an incumbent, and Jermaine Wright Sr. took their oaths solemnly as they were sworn in at the council’s regular board meeting. Wright, who won his seat on the City Council by half a percentage point, also won a seat on the Adelanto School District, which he resigned from on Dec. 6 — two days after he was sworn into his second term.

“I’m looking forward to working with the City Council and the mayor to make Adelanto a better place to live,” Wright said after the ceremony. “I want to increase the jobs in this community — there’s been a 17 percent unemployment rate here and people have lost hope. Hopefully, I can change the Adelanto sign to say ‘unlimited possibilities with unlimited opportunities.'”

Both Wright and Camargo have been active in Adelanto for some time, as Camargo has served on the City Council for four years.

“Its always a blessing to serve the community,” Camargo said. “I’ll be here for another four years and I’m here to do a job for them — it’s not for me, though. I serve for the people.”

During swearing-in ceremonies, it is customary for most cities to appoint a new mayor based on votes or experience, explained Cari Thomas, Adelanto’s current mayor. Thomas said Adelanto is the only city in the High Desert that holds an election for that position. Thomas was elected to her four-year post in 2010 and was previously elected to the City Council in 2008.

Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.

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