Area legislators take oaths during Havelock ceremony

Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

Two local Republicans were sworn in Sunday as members of the N.C. General Assembly.

Norman Sanderson, who previously served in the N.C. House, became state senator of District 2 after he took the oath of office with his wife and family surrounding him; and Michael Speciale, also surrounded by his wife and family, took the pledge to represent the realigned N.C. House district seat that Sanderson is vacating.

N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby administered the oath of office at the Havelock Tourist and Events Center with about 400 people in attendance.

Among the attendees were newly elected Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, commissioners and GOP Party chairmen from Craven, Pamlico and Carteret counties, state representatives and judges.

Before the oath of office was given, Sanderson and Speciale stood near the door of the room where the ceremony was held and shook hands with everyone who arrived to help them celebrate.

So many people came they had to open another room.

Sanderson said the swearing-in ceremony in Havelock was “very special” to him, allowing him to share the election victory with people who helped him get there.

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