|John Brown: "I am here to serve"|
John Brown was sworn in as Northampton County's seventh County Executive. Mat Benol, Peg Ferraro, Glenn Geissinger, Hayden Phillips and Seth Vaughn took the oath as members of County Council. The oath of office was also administered to Magisterial District Judges Antonia Grifo (downtown Easton), Dan Corpora (South Easton), John Capobianco (Nazareth) and Pat Romig-Passaro (Bethlehem).
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Much like John Stoffa, the person he succeeds, Brown had little to say. But he stressed the need for everyone to work together.
"I am here to serve," he concluded.
President Judge Baratta reminded everyone of Theodore Roosevelt's words that "[t]he object of government is the welfare of the people." He also repeated Pope Francis' admonitions that public office requires both a love for people and humility. Finally, he cautioned magisterial district judges about the importance of being fair.
Though Northampton County has 33,000 more Democrats than Republicans, it now has a Republican Executive, a Republican County Council and even a Republican judiciary.
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Updated 9:25 Why was I there?: I do not ordinarily attend these formal ceremonies. For example, I never attended a John Stoffa or Ron Angle installment. But I notice that I am being called a liar for being at this one. I was there because I was assigned to cover it. And I'm glad I went because it was a very well done affair.