Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Claremont City Council selects Mayor Opanyi Nasiali

Councilmember Opanyi Nasiali has received a name change. It’s Mayor Nasiali for 2013-2014.

Photo Courtesy//Steven Felschundneff
Mr. Nasiali was unanimously selected to serve as Claremont’s mayor by his fellow council members at a special meeting Tuesday night. He takes up his new title after serving the city over the past year as mayor pro tem. He is still getting used to the name change.

“I keep pinching myself,” he joked. 

But he has no false notions over what the title of mayor might mean for him. It hasn’t changed his mindset as a council member whatsoever, he assured.

“I am one among equals,” Mr. Nasiali said. “We all have one duty, one responsibility, and that is to do what the people elected us to do, and that’s it. The main thing that is foremost above anything else is that we are here to do the people’s job.”

His first act as mayor was to lead the council in selecting Joe Lyons as the new mayor pro tem, also unanimously affirmed. The duo will now lead the city after joining the council together in March of 2011.

Read the full story in this Friday's edition of the COURIER.  

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