This year Charlotte-area voters cast their ballots for dozens of national and local candidates, from president down to county commissioner. Over the next few months these leaders – some established and some new – will take their oaths and start their jobs.
25 The Associated Press may have awarded President-elect Barack Obama victory in North Carolina, but the results will not be official until the state Board of Elections approves them on this date.
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1 All Mecklenburg County commissioners are sworn in. There will be five new faces this year: Democrats Vilma Leake, Dan Murrey, Harold Cogdell and George Dunlap and Republican Neil Cooksey.
1 Term begins for state's 10 constitutional officers: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, attorney general, agriculture commissioner, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner.
6 U.S. senators and representatives are sworn in. New faces: Senator-elect Kay Hagan, U.S. Rep.-elect Larry Kissell, both Democrats.
10 The state's first female governor, Beverly Perdue, is inaugurated in Raleigh. For more information, check her Web site at www.bevperdue.com.
20 Obama's inauguration takes place in Washington, D.C. Tickets to the swearing-in ceremony are hard to come by. About 30,000 will be printed, and you must contact your U.S. senator or representative. Obama has not released a schedule of additional inaugural events, many of which traditionally have been free.
28 Members of the N.C. House and Senate are sworn in on the first day of the session. Some members choose to be sworn in earlier in their district.