Pictured following their swearing-in ceremonies are (l-r) Hillsboro city council member Brandon Leeth, treasurer Patricia Burns, council member Mary Stanforth and Municipal Court Judge David McKenna. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Pictured following their swearing-in ceremonies are (l-r) Hillsboro city council member Brandon Leeth, treasurer Patricia Burns, council member Mary Stanforth and Municipal Court Judge David McKenna. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
A standing-room-only crowd filled the Hillsboro Municipal Courtroom Thursday afternoon to celebrate the swearing-in of Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David McKenna and three new Democratic representatives for the city of Hillsboro in treasurer Patricia Burns and council members Brandon Leeth and Mary Stanforth.

Each elected official was sworn in individually, beginning with McKenna, who took the oath of office for his fourth term as judge of the Hillsboro Municipal Court. Municipal Court judges are nonpartisan positions.



McKenna, whose daughter, Alexandria, held the Bible during his swearing-in ceremony, was sworn in by Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss.

“We’ve always had a good relationship,” Coss said. “It’s an honor for me to do this.”

McKenna then administered the oaths of office for Stanforth, who was elected to replace longtime Democrat council member Bill Alexander as the Fourth Ward city council representative; Leeth, who was elected as one of three city council at-large members; and Burns, who replaces Bob Storer as city treasurer.

Following the ceremony, the new elected officials joined the large crowd that included their respective spouses, children, co-workers and friends for refreshments, which were provided by Highland County Democratic Party chair Dinah Phillips and Highland County Democratic Women president Jolene Walker.

Phillips said the Democratic Party is “excited” and “proud” of the three new elected officials.

“We feel we’ve got quality people,” Phillips said. “All those that were elected and all those that ran on behalf of the Democratic Party, we are so proud of, and I know they’ll do a phenomenal job.”

Phillips thanked Storer for his service to the city as Hillsboro’s treasurer.

“We are so proud of the work that Bob Storer did as treasurer,” Phillips said. “You don’t get nearly enough thanks for all the hard work that you’ve done. We appreciate all your efforts.”

Phillips said that she and Walker wanted to provide refreshments at the ceremony to celebrate the election of the three Democratic candidates.

“We just wanted to say a big thank-you to each and every one of you for taking your time, and not only your time, but I know your families had to be involved in your effort,” Phillips said.