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Jacquet, Gray provide Delray Beach with 'historic' moment
DELRAY BEACH — One new face joined the Delray Beach City Commission Thursday evening, and one familiar returned. Together, they provided what Mayor Woodie McDuffie called an historic moment for the city.
The newcomer, of course, was Al Jacquet, a 32-year-old lawyer and chief of staff to state Rep. Mack Bernarnd, who defeated three other candidates earlier this month to win a seat on the commission. The familiar face belonged to incumbent Angeleta Gray, who won a second term in office.
Both Jacquet and Gray are black.
“This is a great day for Delray Beach, an historic day for Delray Beach,” McDuffie said. “They used to say four seats on the commission were for Caucasians, one for African-Americans. By God, we turned that upside down in this election.
“We are thrilled to have you, Mr. Jacquet, and my good friend Angie Gray.”
Replied Jacquet: “Mr. Mayor, it is an honor to sit with you and other members of the city commission. It is an honor for me to serve Delray Beach, my city, my hometown.”
Gray, in turn, welcomed Jacquet to the commission, and thanked those who supported her reelection.
“This has been a good commission,” Gray said. “We’re used to working together, and I’m sure that won’t change now.”
Jacquet was one of 12 candidates commissioners interviewed last summer as a prospective replacement for Fred Fetzer, who unexpectedly resigned. McDuffy said Jacquet stood out, but commissioners ultimately appointed former commissioner and Mayor Jay Alperin to serve the remainder of Fetzer's term. Alperin did not seek reelection.
In other housekeeping matters, commissioners selected Tom Carney to serve as vice mayor and Adam Frankel and deputy vice mayor.
Commissioners also moved the meeting scheduled for July 3 to July 5 because of the Independence Day holiday. They also moved a budget meeting scheduled for Sept. 18 to the 20th because of a conflict with Rosh Hashanah.
They also agreed to hold their annual goal-setting meeting for 2013 during the first two weeks of the April 2013. The goal-setting meeting for this year is to be held on Monday.
Angeleta Gray, right receives the oath of office from Deputy City Clerk Lanelda Gaskins.
Al Jacquet receives the oath of office.