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Outgoing Henderson Mayor Reflects On Past, Looks Toward Future

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HENDERSON, N.C. — Life in downtown Henderson has changed a lot over the past 24 years. One thing that has not changed is Chick Young being the town's mayor -- until now.

Young is about to trade his seat on the City Council for a seat in a golf cart.

"I intend for most of my meetings to be with my friends on the golf course," Young said.

Clem Seifert, a member of the City Council for 10 years, is taking over as mayor and he has some big shoes to fill.

"I'm not even going to try to fill his shoes," he said. "I've taken his shoes and set them off to the side. I've got my own on."

Seifert said he will try to improve the city a little more aggressively, but he's firmly committed to finish several projects like the $15 million cultural revitalization project called Embassy Square.

It is an important time for Henderson. The town is in the middle of an ecomomic transition, replacing textiles with tourism, along with new jobs in the biotech industry.

Young said he could not have done his job without the magical eight-ball on his desk. The formal changing of the guard takes place at Monday night's City Council meeting when Seifert and the newly elected councilors are sworn in.


Fred Taylor, Reporter
Chad Flowers, Photographer
Kamal Wallace, Web Editor

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