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Paso Robles councilwoman sworn in as first female representative in 34 years

Maria Garcia gets a hug from fiancé Gilbert Ruelas as councilman Fred Strong applauds in background and Mayor Steve Martin smiles. Two Paso Robles City Council members and the mayor were sworn in on Tuesday: incumbent Mayor Steve Martin, incumbent Councilman John Hamon and new Councilwoman Maria Garcia. She is the first woman on the council in 34 years. 12-03-2018 David Middlecamp
Maria Garcia gets a hug from fiancé Gilbert Ruelas as councilman Fred Strong applauds in background and Mayor Steve Martin smiles. Two Paso Robles City Council members and the mayor were sworn in on Tuesday: incumbent Mayor Steve Martin, incumbent Councilman John Hamon and new Councilwoman Maria Garcia. She is the first woman on the council in 34 years. 12-03-2018 David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Paso Robles welcomed its new City Council on Tuesday — including the first woman to represent the city in more than three decades.

City officials swore in new Councilwoman Maria Garcia and incumbent Councilman John Hamon, along with returning Mayor Steve Martin.

Garcia, who co-founded the Hispanic Business Association, became the third councilwoman in Paso Robles history and the first in 34 years when she took second in the city’s November elections.

The significance of the moment was palpable in the council chambers before Garcia took her oath of office. Supporters took photos of her sitting in her seat at the dais and loudly applauded for her during the ceremony.

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Two Paso Robles City Council members and the mayor were sworn in on Tuesday: incumbent Mayor Steve Martin, incumbent Councilman John Hamon and new Councilwoman Maria Garcia. She is the first woman on the council in 34 years. From left: Gilbert Ruelas, fiancé Maria Garcia, Steve Martin and wife Jennifer, John wife Marjorie Hamon. 12-03-2018 David Middlecamp David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

After the swearing-in, Garcia thanked her supporters and community members who invited her into their homes to hear their concerns during her campaign.

“We live in Paso, where the community is very concerned,” she said. “We have a caring community.”

She pledged to listen to her constituents and encouraged them to call her with concerns.

For their part, Hamon and Martin thanked voters for giving them another chance to serve the community.

Hamon, who took first in the council election, is returning for a fourth term. Martin defeated Councilman Jim Reed to win his second term as mayor.

“Tonight is a time for gratitude,” Martin said. “It’s a time for commitment.”

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