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Power sworn in to office
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Dawson County Clerk of Courts Justin Power enjoys cake after his swearing-in ceremony Aug. 16 at the courthouse. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

Justin Power, Dawson County’s new clerk of courts, was sworn in Monday at the courthouse.


Probate Judge Jennifer Burt administered the oath of office while dozens of Power’s family members, friends and officials listened.


“We’re all very excited about having Justin as our new clerk of courts, and we’d like to welcome him aboard,” Burt said.


Following the ceremony, well-wishers gathered for cake and punch. Power, 28, said he was honored.


“This is something that’s very important for me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to serving the citizens of Dawson County.”


Power’s father, George, congratulated his son.


“I’m very proud of him today,” he said. “His whole family is proud today.”


In the Aug. 10 runoff election, Power received 1,925 votes, or about 55 percent of the vote.


His opponent, Gaye Cantrell, got 1,575 votes, or about 45 percent.


Power and Cantrell were the two top vote-getters in the July 20 special election to succeed former Clerk of Courts Becky McCord. The contest featured 10 candidates.


Power, who said he was anxious to get to work, spent his first official day on the job Tuesday.