Kinston holds swearing-in ceremony for new mayor, city councilwoman

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The city of Kinston welcomed a new mayor and councilwoman Monday night during a swearing-in ceremony at its City Council meeting.

Voters elected Don Hardy as the new mayor and Kristal Suggs to the City Council.

Hardy narrowly defeated long-time Mayor B.J. Murphy and marked the first time in eight years a new mayor will lead the city.

“We’ve been waiting for this day,” said Hardy. “I think everybody is. My family and late don hardy, we’re very excited. Everybody is going to be here today and we look forward to making this official.”

Hardy said he hopes the citizens of Kinston will realize there is more power in numbers when it comes to making the community a better place.

“You have to be able to communicate with folks,” said Hardy. “Understand where folks are coming from, their ideas and their views because they want you to listen, because without the community coming together in unity, then there would be no community.”

Newly elected Councilwoman Kristal Suggs said she hopes to pull everyone together. She said, “We have a very disengaged community and I want to bring some levelness to that. Bringing that information and making sure all citizens are being heard.”

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