Sharon Weston Broome becomes Baton Rouge's mayor-president

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Sharon Weston Broome has been sworn in as East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president.

Media outlets report Broome took the oath of office Monday in the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Raising Cane's River Center.

Broome is the first woman to be elected as mayor-president in the parish. She'll serve a four-year term and succeed Melvin "Kip" Holden, who served from 2005 to 2016.

Her first full day as leader of the city-parish is Tuesday, though she has been working on her transition since winning the election in the Dec. 10 runoff.

During her inauguration address, Broome said that she wants her term as mayor to be described as unifying. She touched on several issues including community policing, flood recovery, traffic solutions, public transportation, education, jobs and race relations.

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