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Columbia swears Roy Lovelady in as Columbia Third Ward Council Member


The City of Columbia swore Roy Lovelady in as their new third ward city council member on Saturday.

The ceremony took place in City Hall council chambers at 9 a.m. during the City of Columbia special Saturday meeting.

Prior to the swearing-in ceremony, beginning at 8:30 a.m. residents had the opportunity to interact with both Lovelady and Karl Skala. 

This comes as Lovelady received 1,419 votes, 150 more votes than incumbent Karl Skala who received 1,269 votes, to take over the seat. Lovelady secured the win during Columbia's first ever City Council Run off Election on Aug 2. 

Candidate Lovelady and incumbent Skala initially tied during the election back in April.

Lovelady, who owns a business and runs a non-profit organization says he is ready to be a team player and work together with the other members of the council to make change.

He also says, now that he is on council, he wants to make himself accessible to everyone in the community by hosting office hours.

The special meeting was open to the public and the city also presented Skala with a gift, thanking him for his years of service. 

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