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Langley says farewell to councilwoman

Langley City Councilwoman Margot Jerome inspects a piece of blown-glass art given to her from the city at her last council meeting May 20.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Langley City Councilwoman Margot Jerome inspects a piece of blown-glass art given to her from the city at her last council meeting May 20.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy took a moment to recognize the short but busy tenure of Councilwoman Margot Jerome on Monday.

Jerome resigned from her position after her husband accepted a job in North Carolina earlier this year. She was elected in an unopposed race in November.

Jerome was one of the organizers of the Langley Economic Forum, a three-part series of meetings to look at the city’s needs. One of her main points during the election was that she wanted to hear from the people of Langley about their needs and wants. She got plenty of feedback from the economic forum, which spurred McCarthy to host monthly economic luncheons with different work sectors — food service, arts, real estate, etc.— important to the city.

On May 20, in what will be Jerome’s final city council meeting, McCarthy presented her with a glass-blown piece of art by Callahan McVay that has a sea star on it. McCarthy shared the story of Loren Eisley seeing a person tossing sea stars farther into the waves during low tide. When asked why the person did it when it wouldn’t make much difference, the response was that it mattered to the sea stars.

“I think you’re a starfish thrower,” McCarthy said of Jerome.

The other council members thanked Jerome and praised her for the five months she spent on the council.

“Your logic is impeccable, your creativity is astounding, and you take the status quo and ask, ‘Why?’ “ said Councilman Thomas Gill.

Jerome spoke briefly, thanking the city for the ability to make a difference and telling her fellow council members that she appreciated them.

“I’m delighted to have been part of this group,” she said.

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