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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Bedford City Council member Penny May given the key to the city

BEDFORD - DECEMBER 18, 2023 - Penny May Bedford City council member has been elected to two terms after replacing a council member in her very first term.

Serving approximately nine years as city council member and various boards throughout the city May has served the residents of the city with distinction.

Monday night May attended her last city council meeting as she chose not to run for another term in 2023 muncipal elections.

Photo: First time in four years Bedford Mayor Sam Craig presents city council member Penny May the keys to the city

" This has been enjoyable at times, and at times stressful but at all times educational for me. My plan as city council member was to serve as long as I felt I could do a good job," said May. " I also felt like I should know when to step away and give someone else an opprotunity to do this," added May.

" I want to thank everyone who I served with, committees and boards and the council itself for all the help and education they gave me,"

Photo: Penny May reflected back on the past nine years she was a Bedford City Council woman

At the conclusion of the Bedford City Council meeting Bedford Mayor Sam Craig honored May for her service to the city.

" I am going to do something I have not done in my four years of being mayor," said Bedford Mayor Sam Craig told May.

" Your not going to kiss me are you," May replied with a boistourous laughter from the crowd.

But, as Mayor Craig pulled out the "Key to the City" May with tears and shock said " I think I am going to cry," exclaimed May.

Those in attendance rose in a standing ovation to May's tribute to her service.

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