MADRAS — Mayor Royce Embanks Jr. and the Madras City Council appointed Jennifer Holcomb to fill a seat on the council that has been vacant since 2014.
Holcomb, 42, was immediately sworn in during Tuesday night’s meeting and sat on the council for the remainder of the meeting.
Three seats were left open after the 2014 election, when Embanks ran unopposed for Mayor and no one ran for two other council seats.
A volunteer for many years, this is the first government position Holcomb has pursued, she said.
“I’ve been around the community for almost all my life and I want to help make Madras a place that people want to be, not just a place they end up,” she said.
Holcomb, a real estate agent with D&D Realty Group, LLC, has spent eight years with Jefferson County Little League and Rotary Club.
“I have worked in this community and I have raised children in this community,” Holcomb said. “I want to help make this a place that our educated children can and will return to and be successful here with their families.”
She was exposed to the workings of city government when she spent time on planning committees during last year’s total solar eclipse, she said.
“I want to be a part of developing this community on the path it’s on now,” she said.
It is the first time in four or five years that Madras will have a full council, Embanks said, and the first time in decades that three women will sit on the council. Holcomb’s term will end in December 2020.
“You’d have to look back to the ’20s or ’30s, but I cannot remember a time we had more than two women on this council,” Embanks said during Holcomb’s interview before the council meeting.
Holcomb joins Councilors Bartt Brick, Richard Ladeby, Rosalind Canga and Gary Walker. Council member Denise Piza was not in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting.
“It’s really remarkable that we will have three women on council,” Embanks said. “We were way past due. We need more women and young people in these positions to get better perspective on the issues.”
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