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History was made in Halifax County today as the first Black Republican since Reconstruction and the first member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe took the oath of office to serve on the board of commissioners.

Sammy Webb became the first Black Republican on the board since James Edward O’Hara.

Chenoa Richardson Davis became the first Native American to hold the office of county commissioner.

Davis and Webb gained seats in the November election while longtime commissioner and vice chair Rives Manning lost his seat.

After being sworn in by District Court Judge W. Turner Stephenson III, Webb said, “It’s been a long time coming. Those of you who know me know I’ve been on this political journey for quite some time and I’d definitely like to thank each and every one of you for helping me throughout this campaign.”

Webb gave thanks to the voters and his family. “When you’re on this political journey you’re not at home, you’re leaving here so you lose a lot of time with your family. I appreciate you for being able to understand that because I know how hard it is. I am so excited to be here. It’s been a long journey. I’m excited to serve all the people of Halifax County.”

Board Chair Vernon Bryant  told Davis, “It’s long overdue for you and the Native Americans. I’m a firm believer that this board as well as the 40 or 50 boards we appoint should look like the county and now we’re getting close to it looking like Halifax County.”

Davis said, “Thank you all for your support. I have a lot of family here today in support and they have supported me since I’ve come up through the years.”

She said, “This is my first time out in the political arena. I made a lot of new friends and family that have supported me along the way and who have been mentors to me. I do appreciate that and I thank you for all your help and support during this campaign.”

In taking the oath of office, Davis wore her grandmother’s necklace. “We lost her to dementia in June of this year so she is represented here. I stand on the shoulders of a lot of strong native women. They’ve supported me throughout the years.”

Davis also thanked her husband for his support. “I don’t tell him enough but he’s my hero. He has shown what it takes. He has faced some difficulties and he’s always come through those. I’m proud to be his wife. I want to say thank you to my son Noah and my daughter Jayla and my mom and my dad. Without them I wouldn’t be here. They’ve always supported me no matter what.”