A reception was held for Oldsmar City Council Members Gabby McGee (left) and Eric Seidel prior to their Swearing In Ceremonies, which were held prior to the March 20, 2018 Oldsmar City Council meeting. (Credit: City of Oldsmar)
Gabby McGee and Eric Seidel were sworn in as Oldsmar City Council members—again—on Tuesday, March 20, one week after they were automatically reelected after running unopposed in the 2018 municipal election.
Seidel began his second consecutive term on Seat 1; he also served on council from 20007-2009. He was named vice-mayor later in the evening.
After learning there would be no need for an election in town on March 13, Seidel shared his thoughts about being automatically reelected.
Oldsmar City Council Member Eric Seidel (center) is joined by his wife, Amber, for his swearing-in ceremony led by City Clerk Ann Nixon on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (Credit: City of Oldsmar)
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the citizens here Oldsmar,” Seidel told Oldsmar Connect via email following the end of the qualifying period on Nov. 17.
“I realize there was not an election this time, but I appreciate all of the citizens who helped sign petition cards to get us qualified, I’m excited to continue serving with this outstanding council, Mayor and working with our City staff.”
For McGee, an avid world traveler with a renowned adventurous streak, the swearing-in ceremony marked the start of her third and final term on Seat 3; term limit rules will prevent her from running again in 2021.
Prior to the swearing in ceremony, she took to Facebook to thank her supporters and pay tribute to her political inspiration.
Oldsmar City Council Member Gabby McGee (center) is joined by her father, Chuck, for her swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (Credit: City of Oldsmar)
“This evening at 5:30pm I will be sworn in for my third consecutive and final term as your Oldsmar City Councilwoman,” she wrote on Tuesday afternoon.
“Hard to believe it’s five years since that very first night and also fitting, and bittersweet, to be sworn in on our dear friend and late Councilwoman Janice Miller’s birthday. Janice was the person who first encouraged me to run for a Council seat and I could have never known what a difference and impact it, and she, was going to have on my life.
“My sincerest gratitude to our residents, council, city staff and supporters for the honor once again!”