Dr. Carolyn Prince was sworn in as the first African-American mayor for the City of Bennettsville on Jan. 2.
The Nov. 5 city election was held for mayor and council districts 2, 4 and 6. Tyrone Davis and Gregory Scott also took the oath to begin four-year terms on the Bennettsville City Council. Jean Quick was unable to attend due to being hospitalized.
Prince, who had her oath of office administered by Judge Rob Stanton, said she was humbly overwhelmed by their confidence in her.
“I pledge my talents, skills, and experience to work for a better Bennettsville. I stand before you on the shoulders of my parents and my ancestors. It is because of them that I am here.”
She noted with a career as an educator and horticulturist that she never dreamed she would hold public office and this would be her future doing this part of her life.
She congratulated Davis and Scott.
“We hold Jean Quick in our prayers as she is hospitalized. She was re-elected to her position as the incumbent.”
She thanked the current council members Sandy Donaldson, Allen Taylor, and Tyron Abraham and told them she was looking forward to working with them.
“I have faith that our team and all city employees will be advocates for the citizens and ensure we operate with transparency, accountability, and professionalism in the management of the resources and people’s business,” she said.
She added if there were no people, there would be no city.
Prince thanked the citizens of Bennettsville, county residents, members of the the legislative delegation, guests, family, and friends. She told them she would need their help.
“Together, we will move Bennettsville forward,” she said. “I don’t have ruby slippers but there is no place like home. Home for me is where my heart is. Bennettsville is my home. Bennettsville is our home.”
The Eastside High class of 1967 made a special presentation to Prince.
Tyrone Davis was sworn in for District 2 with Rep. Pat Henegan administering the oath of office to him.
After the ceremony, Davis said he was honored to take the position in District 2.
“The people have spoken,” he said. “It is time to go to work. I am looking forward to a prosperous 2020 in Marlboro County. I am here to help and provide leadership.”
Gregory Scott was sworn in for District 6 with Emma Ocean administering the oath of office to him.
“I am just so excited about trying to help the people in my area in District 6 and throughout the city,” he said. “There are some things I think that we can do with this city council to help the people. We did a lot of things for the city departments such as the fire department and police department. But now it is time for us to be concerned about the citizens.”