Eubank returns

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 17, 2007

MURFREESBORO – A familiar face has officially taken her seat with the Murfreesboro Town Council.

Former Town Administrator Molly Eubank along with her fellow council members and Mayor Lynn Johnson were sworn in last Tuesday by State Senator Ed Jones (D-4th).

Eubank settled into her role making motions and helping town business move along. She was also voted in as Mayor Pro-Tem, the head of council, by re-elected council members Bill Theodorakis, Gloria Odum, Sarah Wallace and Lloyd Hill.

In a later interview with the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Eubank said she is looking forward to her new role.

With her days of town clerk and town administrator behind her, for the first time in her 23-year history with Murfreesboro Eubank will see issues from the other side of the bench.

Though she received the highest of the votes for council and in the Murfreesboro election in general, Eubank’s decision to run for council office seemingly came on a whim.

“When we moved here to Murfreesboro from Como, my husband (Doug) and I joked, ‘Oh we can run for office now’,” she said. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, I can’.”

Eubank began to take the notion seriously when citizens urged her to run for council or mayor.

However, her mind was made up on a bid for council because as a council member she would have a more active role in being able to vote.

In the months leading up to the announcement for her bid for council and prior to the election, Eubank did her homework by sitting in on meetings and keeping up to date with the issues the town is facing.

Eubank said she also attended meetings as she sees it as her civic obligation as a resident.

“Yes, (I attended) to keep abreast of what was going on,” she said. “But also because I’m a citizen, I should know what’s going on.”

Eubank noted one of her main reasons for running was to be able to represent the citizens of Murfreesboro.

“I wanted to be a voice for people,” she said.