Historic Moment: Travis Chambers Sworn in as Second African American for District 10 At-Large City Council Seat

Historic Moment: Travis Chambers Sworn in as Second African American for District 10 At-Large City Council Seat

By Leslie Hudgins

History was made today as Travis Chambers became the second African American sworn into the District 10 at-large city council seat. The courtroom in the Government Building overflowed with spectators eager to witness this significant moment. The last time an African American held this seat was in 1999.

Accompanied by his wife and two sons, Chambers placed his right hand on the Bible and was sworn in by Judges Art Smith and Marc D'Antonio. With over 25 years of service to the community, Chambers expressed his excitement for the future.

"I am thrilled about this victory. But this is just the beginning. There's much work ahead for our city, and I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to move us forward," Chambers said.

In the days leading up to the ceremony, Chambers shared his priorities with the Courier, with public safety topping his agenda. Drawing from personal experiences and family ties to public safety, he emphasized the need for community-oriented policing and well-resourced youth programs.

"Parks, recreation centers, and community associations should be centers for positive engagement," he suggested, proposing initiatives such as interview skills workshops and etiquette classes.

As he addresses the public for the first time as an official City council member, Chambers reflects on his campaign and journey, teary-eyed. He expressed that it was a bittersweet moment commemorating the loss of two of his closest friends during his campaign.

 Chambers paid tribute to his departed friends whose support had been invaluable. "Stacy Jackson and Antonio Owens were not just friends but pillars of strength," he reminisced. Their absence serves as a poignant reminder of the personal sacrifices and communal spirit driving his public service.

As he prepared to assume office, Chambers expressed gratitude for the unwavering support of his family, particularly his wife, who stood by him throughout his campaign. "Their support has been my anchor," he acknowledged warmly, underscoring the familial bonds that sustain his commitment to service.

With optimism and determination, Chambers looks ahead to implementing his vision, confident that his initiatives will foster a more prosperous and cohesive community. As District 10 anticipates the dawn of a new era under his leadership, Chambers remains steadfast in his resolve to bring about tangible, positive change.

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