Nearly 50 people packed the Midway Fire Department on Monday for the swearing in of new Midway Mayor Brenda Ford by Tony Leago, who held the same position for four years and will take over as Madison County Judge in January.
“This is my family and I cannot tell you how important you are to me,” Leago said to the crowd. “I am committed to serve you and this county with all I got. My heart is only for this county. I have no agendas and I swear to you I have no pride except for the fact that you honor me. I am going to do what is best for this county.”
Leago left the audience with a message of adapting to the inevitable changes that will soon come to the City of Midway as well as Madison County.
“My goal is to be certain that we are positioned for that change so that it does not overcome us,” said Leago. “People will either benefit from change or they will suffer because of it. My goal is that we as a county benefit from it.”
One of those in attendance was State Representative Trent Ashby, who presented Leago with a Texas flag that was flown at the Capitol building in Austin last week in honor of his service.
“I really enjoy the emotion and passion (Leago) shows when he talks about this city,” said Ashby. “You know he cares deeply about Midway, you have seen that through his tireless efforts of working with the people around this table.”
Leago was also presented with a framed copy of the Declaration of Independence as well as the Pledge of Allegiance.
His final act was to swear in Councilwoman and now Mayor Brenda Ford. She has served as a city councilwoman for two terms and is a lifelong Midway native.
“I am community oriented,” said Ford. “The main reason I ran is that you cannot complain if you do not get involved. I ran to get involved. This is a close community and I want that to continue. I love this city and working with the people.”
Ford also said she would like to see someone come in and take advantage of the vacant buildings available in Midway and open those up.
“At one time Midway was a booming community and we would like to see that again,” said Ford.
The City of Midway also swore in John Whitmire as City Council Alderman, Judge Tommy Starns as Municipal Court Judge and Debra Newkirk as City Secretary and Municipal Court Clerk.