First female mayor of Saluda sworn in

Published 1:22 pm Monday, January 10, 2022

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The City of Saluda swears in Tangie Morgan as its new mayor

SALUDA—The City of Saluda officially has its first female mayor. 

Newly elected Saluda Mayor Tangie Morgan was sworn into office during the city’s December meeting. 

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Morgan won the election in November over incumbent mayor Fred Baisden. Morgan received 148 votes to Baisden’s 92 votes. There were also 2 write-in votes for mayor last year. 

Morgan was sworn into office alongside her father, Leon Morgan, who was a long-time Saluda commissioner. 

Saluda commissioners Paul Marion and Mark Oxtoby were also sworn into office. They both ran unopposed last year. 

The Saluda mayor was the only race in the county for November’s municipal election. The rest of the towns either had only incumbents running for office or in Columbus, an incumbent council member did not run but a challenger filled the spot. 

Tryon and Columbus also had swear-in ceremonies in December. 

Incumbent Columbus Mayor Patrick McCool was sworn into office, along with incumbent council members Richard Hall and Mark Phillips. Political newcomer Becky Kennedy was the high vote getter for Columbus council and was sworn into office. 

Tryon swore into office mayor Alan Peoples and commissioners Bill Crowell and Bill Ingham, who all retained their seats unopposed.