Ms. Betty Sawyer-Smith’s two children, four grandchildren, fiancee, pastor and church family were joined by political leaders from throughout the area and a capacity crowd of well wishers as she made history by taking the oath of office as Natchitoches’ first African-American female at-large city council member Tuesday, July 21.
Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court David Stamey administered the oath of office to Ms. Sawyer-Smith as her family looked on with obvious pride. Sawyer-Smith defeated longtime incumbent Mr. Don Mims in a hard fought election July 11, earning 2,197 votes. The swearing-in featured superb musical performances in voice and trumpet as entertainment. The event was the culmination of a great deal of hard work and a well earned celebration.
In addition to the contingent of local political leaders, both Senator Louie Bernard and Representative Kenny Cox extended their congratulations, business in Baton Rouge precluding their personal presence. Council Member Eddie Harrington expressed his congratulations from home as he is quarantined. Democratic candidate for the Louisiana 4th Congressional District Kenny Houston was
The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to take this opportunity to congratulate councilwoman Sawyer-Smith and wish her, and our city, all the best for her upcoming term.