By Blenda Copeland
Phenix City’s newly elected District 2 Councilwoman Vickey Carter Johnson was sworn into office Jan. 4.
A room of witnesses included supporters, family members, past elected officials, local clergy and the media. Russell County District Court Judge Zach Collins administered the oath of office.
Carter Johnson’s first official appearance was Jan. 8 at an elected officials’ luncheon coordinated by Councilman Arthur Day. Her first official city council meeting will be next Wednesday – a day before the Mayor’s State of the City address at 6 p.m. Jan. 18.
Carter Johnson’s peers welcomed her to the table and congratulated her on her success. City Manager Wallace Hunter followed suit.
In brief remarks to the media, Carter Johnson said it was a wonderful feeling to be elected, and this would be “a new chapter” in her life. She said she was “overjoyed” by the community’s support and wanted to say to her supporters that she thanks them and it’s about them, not her: she always wants them to know she’s with them and she hears them.
As she begins this new journey, Carter Johnson said she’s heard of a few concerns already that she may want to tackle first. However, she said the top of her agenda will always be “to serve God and the community.”
She also said she wanted to continue to see progress and unity in the community.