McInnis to be sworn in Jan. 3

Senator-elect to take oath of office from Stanly County Clerk of Court

Senator-election Tom McInnis announced today that he will be sworn in Jan. 3. The ceremony will take place at the Ellerbe Middle School Auditorium at 10:30 a.m.

McInnis will recite the oath of office from Stanly County Clerk of Court Michael Honeycutt.

Tom McInnis

Tom McInnis

McInnis, of Ellerbe, won 50.4 percent of the vote to oust one-term incumbent and former Rockingham mayor Gene McLaurin, a Democrat, from the senate seat. McInnis garnered 28,496 votes to McLaurin’s 26,632 (47.1 percent). Libertarian P.H. Dawkins, of Hamlet, tallied 2.5 percent (1,412 votes).

“While the ceremonial swearing in of the Senate will take place in the Senate Chambers on Jan. 14, I have received permission to be sworn in on the third,” McInnis said in a news release. “I have been working on several matters that are related to our schools, and I do not want to wait until the 14th to get started. The length of my term is only two years and everyday is precious when it comes to the needs of the 25th District. I look forward to making things happen as our Senator from the 25th District of North Carolina and am excited to get started on Jan. 3. “

Ellerbe Middle School is located at 128 Ballard St. No ticket is required and everyone is welcome.

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