There is more diversity
The swearing in ceremony of the new City Council of Salt Lake City, Utah, who were elected or reelected, was historic in that the council now has a majority of members who are people of color or who identify as LGBTQ.
Salt Lake City, as the capital city of the state of Utah, is not as conservative as many other parts of the state. The recent swearing in ceremony of the Salt Lake City Council showed more diversity than ever before in the history of Salt Lake City.
Seeming to take a page out of the Presidential inauguration ceremonies held in Washington, D.C. every four years, the Salt Lake City Council swearing in ceremony was called an "Inauguration." It was also held outdoors as is the event in the nation's capital. The location was the Salt Lake City and County Building on a cold, winter day in January.
The oath of office was given to the following City Council members who had recently been elected or reelected to the City Council:
Alejandro Puy, District 2, Administered by Sherrie Swensen, Salt Lake County Clerk
Chris Wharton, District 3, Administered by Cindy Lou Trishman, City Recorder
Darin Mano, District 5, Administered by Cindy Lou Trishman, City Recorder
Amy N. Fowler, District 7, Administered by Judge John Baxter, SLC Justice Court
The Inauguration was called to order by Amy Fowler, Chair of the Salt Lake City Council, who also gave a welcome. The Flag Ceremony was presented by the Salt Lake City Police Motor Squad.
The National Anthem was sung by Liliena Pupu'a of the Tongan-American Free Wesleyan Church. Musical numbers were presented by Salty Cricket Students and Shaadie.
Darin Mano is the first person of Asian heritage elected to the City Council. He was appointed when Erin Mendenhall became Mayor of Salt Lake City, leaving a vacancy on the City Council. This was his first election after his appointment.
The new City Council of Salt Lake City is now called a minority-majority Council. This comes two years after the election of Ana Valdemoros, who was the first minority member of the City Council.