Everyone is invited to Rockingham City Hall today at 2 p.m., to attend the swearing-in ceremony for the administration of oath of office to Senator-Elect Gene McLaurin to the North Carolina Senate.
Rockingham City Hall is located at 514 Rockingham Road.
McLaurin is giving up his job as Mayor of Rockingham for the state lawmaker post.
When McLaurin learned he could be sworn in right here at home, he arranged for today’s event and asked Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace to administer the oath of office to him.
McLaurin won the District 25 State Senate seat in the November General Election. A Democrat, McLaurin was competing for the senate seat against retired teacher Gene McIntyre, a Republican from New London.
Both men were after the District 25 senate seat held by Democrat William Purcell, who chose not to run for another term. The district includes Richmond, Scotland, Anson and Stanly counties.
McLaurin was the victor with about 53 percent of the vote. “I am overwhelmed by the support I got at home and throughout the district,” McLaurin said the night of the election.
At his last meeting as mayor in December he delivered a one-page letter of resignation to his fellow elected members of the Rockingham City Council.
“Please accept this letter as my official notice of resignation as Mayor of the City of Rockingham, NC to be effective Friday, January 4, 2013,” McLaurin wrote in his letter addressed to city council, city employees and residents.
“As you know, my resignation is due to my election to the NC Senate-District 25 which includes Scotland, Richmond, Anson, Stanly and the southern portion of Rowan County,” he wrote. “I look forward with humility and excitement to the opportunity of serving in the state senate at this critical time in the history of our great state. Now more than ever we must work together in a bi-partisan manner to make the right decisions for North Carolina and our communities,” he wrote, in part.
The mayor went on to thank fellow elected officials throughout Richmond County, and city staff.
He concluded his letter with these words: “… And to the citizens of Rockingham, it has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Mayor. I will never forget the confidence and trust you placed in me to lead our city.”
Light refreshments will be served at the afternoon ceremony today.