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Virginia: New council members, mayor sworn in at Newport News

New council members in Newport News were sworn in during a ceremony Tuesday morning.

The swearing-in ceremony was held around 11 a.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall. City Council also held an organizational meeting following the ceremony to select who will serve as vice mayor for the next two years.

The ceremony and meeting were open to the public.

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The city’s new mayor Philip Jones was also sworn in Tuesday. Jones will succeed Mayor McKinley Price, who decided not to run for a fourth term.

At 33-years-old, and as someone who has never held public office before, Jones is set to lead Virginia’s fourth-largest city with nearly 180,000 residents.

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