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      Historic day for Pee Dee city as new mayor is sworn in

      Bobby L. Davis being sworn in. His wife is holding the Bible.
      MARION, S.C. (WPDE) - The City of Marion is now under new leadership. Thursday afternoon, Bobby L. Davis was sworn into office, making him the city's first black mayor.

      A crowd of more than one hundred people gathered in front of City Hall to watch the ceremony.

      Davis told the group, "We all love this city. We all need to come together to reunite the City of Marion."

      Davis already has a plan to help the city come together. He wants to create three committees, divided by age groups, to get ideas on how to better serve the community.

      He received some recommendations while on the campaign trail.

      "That is one of our priorities, is to listen to all of our young people. Take their ideas and try to implement it, such as new playground equipment in some areas. They would like to have access to more computers. They want mentors," he explained.

      He also plans to create a diversity committee and challenged those in the audience to say hello to others and visit other churches.

      A council member since 1987, the Marion native is hopeful the city will move forward in a positive direction.

      "My mother taught me to love. And I just love people, and I love what good people stand for, and we want to continue to serve people and let them know that we can do better," he added.

      Council members Michael Baker, Odessa Gregg and Emerson Hunt were also sworn into office.