After what some have referred to as one of the nastiest political campaigns in the history of Camden County, Cliff Luber was sworn in to office of Camden County Commissioner for District Two on Friday, Dec. 21. Judge Colyer had the honor of swearing Luber in and described the job of county commissioner as a "thankless position" right before he wished him luck.
Luber took his oath of office and signed official documents before addressing the almost full courtroom. He thanked all of his supporters present and referred to them as his new advisors. He reminded them that he will have an open door to all residents in Camden County.
For Luber, seeing the amount of support in that courtroom was humbling. "It's very humbling. I've had people tell me this was probably the nastiest political campaign they've ever seen in Camden County. These folks stood by me. They didn't believe the rumors and the lies. They were right there alongside," he said. "It's amazing when you first start a political campaign, it's really you and your family. When you get into it a little further, you realize it's not about you anymore. It's about people because folks gather around you and support you."
Luber can now look foward to taking office in 2013. "It's a sense of relief, anticipation. I am excited to get in there and try to move the county forward. I am thankful that I have a great group of people that are supportive. They are advisors now. I look forward to working with them and moving the county forward," he said.
Luber said he has enjoyed meeting Camden County residents during his campaign. "That's what makes running for office worthwhile," he said. He hopes to continue getting to know residents and to allow them to voice their concerns with him when he officially takes office. He added that he hopes to work out of the office once a week in order to meet with the public.
Luber plans to concentrate on planning and zoning issues in Camden County. He described Article 600 as "too over-reaching and doesn't satisfy the problem.
Luber officially begins his four year term on Jan. 2, 2013. Luber beat out 12-year incumbent Thom Gumm in the August primary and write in candidate Eddie Emery in the November general election.