Brandon’s newest city councillor was officially sworn into office on Tuesday.
John LoRegio took over the Meadows ward seat after reciting the Oath of Office under the direction of Justice John Menzies.
"I, John LoRegio, solemnly declare … that I will act faithfully in the Office of Councillor without fear, favour or affection and will truly, faithfully and impartially, and to the best of my knowledge and ability execute the duties and responsibilities of that office," LoRegio stated.
Following the brief swearing-in ceremony, the mayor cheered and councillors and others in the council chamber gave their new colleague a round of applause.
"Welcome aboard Councillor LoRegio," Mayor Shari Decter Hirst said.
Brandon City Council is now back up to a full 10 councillors.
Later in the meeting, LoRegio was given the opportunity to address council and the public.
"I just want to thank everybody in the Meadows ward who voted, whether it was for me or my opponents," he said. "Democracy in action, contrary to what some people would write … I’m looking forward to the next year and a half. Thank you. Short and sweet."
LoRegio garnered the support of 51.6 per cent of Meadows ward voters in last week’s byelection.
A total of 616 people came out to vote — a turnout of just 19.3 per cent.
The Meadows seat was left vacant after veteran former councillor Jim McCrae resigned in April to take a job as a citizenship judge in Winnipeg.
LoRegio garnered 318 votes, while Ramona Coey came in second with 242 votes. Vanessa Hamilton received 56 votes.
LoRegio, 56, spent 16 years reporting on Brandon civic politics as a broadcast journalist with CKLQ Radio and is currently a sales representative/columnist for the Westman Journal.