By Kristin Rover
Four council members were sworn in during the Dec. 17 Amelia Village Council meeting.
Derrick Campbell, Chris Dickerson, and Katie Krafka, all incumbent candidates were sworn in after being re-elected Nov. 5.
Brandon Hatton, an Amelia resident who ran for election, was also sworn in to fill the vacant seat left by former councilman Chuck Thacker.
“I am excited the citizens voted me in,” Hatton said. “I think we have a lot of good things going on in 2013 and beyond. I am excited to be a part of that.”
Hatton served on the Amelia Board of Zoning Appeals and said it was a good first experience being involved with the community.
Hatton said he was born and raised in Amelia and wants to help make the community better for his generation and the next generation.
Prior to the election, he said he is hoping to help bring more businesses to Amelia including additional shopping and restaurants to help make things more convenient for residents.
“I would like to listen to what the people want and need,” Hatton said prior to the election.
Campbell will begin his sixth year as a councilman.
Before to the election he said he is hoping to use his experience on council and in the workplace to continue economic development in the village.
“We are hoping to see Main Street continue to develop eastward,” Campbell said. “We would like to see that continue to turn over new business.”
He said he is also looking forward to working with other officials as the village becomes a city in the coming years.
Dickerson, will begin his third year as a council member.
Dickerson said before the election that he has enjoyed being a part of the positive things that have been accomplished by council in the past two years.
“It’s nice to see good things happening in our village,” Dickerson said before the election. “I’m hoping to continue that. There is a lot of future development coming our way and I would like to see that through.”
Krafka was appointed to Amelia council just last year.
She said prior to the election that she has enjoyed serving the community and would like to continue to get things done on the various committees she serves on.
“I want to continue beautification improvements, the traffic light updates, the street paving and the Odd Fellows Cemetery updates,” Krafka said before the election.
She said she has also enjoyed working with residents in the community and wants to continue that communication.
“Strengthening that relationship is important to me,” Krafka said.