Lambertville swears in an openly gay mayor

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The Lambertville, NJ swearing in of Mayor Julia Fahl (on the right, with wife Kari Osmond, center, and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman on left). Jan. 1, 2019 photo by Eric Rounds.
The Lambertville, NJ swearing in of Mayor Julia Fahl (on the right, with wife Kari Osmond, center, and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman on left). Jan. 1, 2019 photo by Eric Rounds.
Lambertville starts the New Year with an important first

Lambertville celebrated New Year’s Day by swearing in the city’s first openly gay mayor, Julia Fahl, with her wife Kari Osmond proudly looking on. Fahl was sworn in by U.S. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman as the new mayor. Also in attendance were Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach, and Mayor Larry Keller of New Hope, Penn.

Council meeting swearing In of Mayor Julia Fahl on Jan. 1, 2019. Photo by Cora Berke
Lambertville NJ Council meeting swearing in of Mayor Julia Fahl on Jan. 1, 2019. Photo by Cora Berke

With a room full of city council members, plus police, firemen and many residents, Julia received a warm and embracing welcome. When the clapping finally died down, Mayor Fahl spoke and she ended her first speech straight from her heart.

“Lambertville, thank you for believing in my ability to serve as your Mayor. Thank you for your service in electing me, with one of the largest voter turnouts in Lambertville’s history. Thank you for asking me, “How can I help?” Thank you for challenging me to ask the same of you.

We have all borne witness to the work done in the name of loving this city by the people that call it home. I am eager and humbled to continue that work. This city is a force of love. I love you, Lambertville.”

A fine way to welcome in the year 2019 in Lambertville, as the New Year starts.

Find out more about Julia Fahl here.