Sanders, Speciale to take oath during Havelock ceremony

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 01:09 PM.

Two Craven County Republicans have invited the public for a swearing-in ceremony and reception beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Norman Sanderson will take the oath of office to represent the area in the N.C. Senate, while Michael Speciale will take the oath of office to represent the area in the N.C. House.

N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby is scheduled to preside in the ceremony.

Legislators usually take the oath of office when they go to the General Assembly in mid-January, but newly elected legislators were given an opportunity to be sworn in locally.

Sanderson, who had been in the N.C. House, will be serving his first term in the N.C. Senate, while Speciale won the seat to replace Sanderson in the N.C. House.

"Many people are not able to travel to Raleigh, and Norman and I would like nothing more than to be surrounded by our family and friends, faithful volunteers and constituents as we take the oath of office in the districts we are honored to represent," said Speciale.

Sanderson said: "We are pleased to have Justice Newby administer the oath. It will be a special day, and we look forward to this community event."

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