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August 6, 2008 > Hayward swears in new city council members, welcomes re-elected incumbents

Hayward swears in new city council members, welcomes re-elected incumbents

By Jennifer Falcon

Hayward's newly elected city council members, Anna May and Francisco Zermeno, were sworn in alongside re-elected incumbents, Barbara Halliday, Olden Henson and Bill Quirk on July 8.

Supporters of Anna May were thrilled to see her take the seat, passing yellow ribbons for those who voted for her to show their pride. May is filling a two-year seat for Matt Jimenez who passed away. Jimenez's seat has been filled for the past two years by Doris Rodriquez, who was chosen to fill-in by council members.

Taking Bill Ward's seat is Francisco Zermeno, who has campaigned for the seat three times. Zermeno is Hayward's first Mexican-born council member.

Bill Ward will be stepping down after serving over 20 years on the council. He plans to enjoy time away from the grind of 12 council-related meetings per week.

Barbara Halliday will be entering her second term alongside incumbents Bill Quirk and Olden Henson. Halliday won the most votes in the City's Council elections on June 3rd. She was overwhelmed and felt honored that so many people felt she did a good job the first time around. She told the crowd that she would work just as hard for them this term.

Fellow incumbent Olden Henson is now the senior member of the Council. He was reelected to serve another term, adding to his 14 years of service so far.

This year's new mayor pro tem serving in Mayor Sweeney's place when he is unavailable is City Council Member Kevin Dowling. Dowling has served on City Council since he was elected in 1998. He first entered Hayward's Political scene in 1993 when elected to serve on Hayward's Planning Commission.

At a Champagne Recption after the ceremony, many Hayward's residents had a chance to mingle with the new city councilmembers. The diverse representation of the council along with Hayward's new City Manager Greg Jones, City Attorney Michael Lawson, and new Police Chief Ron Ace is a sign of hope for Hayward's future.

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