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January 12, 2022
SWEAR IN • Justin Seely takes the oath of office as he is sworn in as Nephi’s new mayor. Lisa Brough, city recorder/finance director, administered the oath.
By Myrna Trauntvein
Justin Seely took the oath of office as administered by Lisa Brough, city recorder/finance director, on Tuesday evening to become the new mayor of Nephi City.
After the ceremony, he said he would like to address the capacity audience in the city council room, some of whom were relatives and friends who had traveled to be there to support him.
“I would like to thank you all for your vote of confidence,” said Seely.
He said that while the city could not avoid growth, they could manage it and preserve that rural feel to the community.
As he traveled around the country with his oldest son, Ashton, to various wrestling competitions, he took the opportunity to visit sites. At one of those he had visited the General MacArthur museum and there found an inspiring poem.
“When your children are born, you don’t get a handbook,” said Seely. “The poem sums up what makes a great person--in this case, a son.”
The poem written by General Douglas MacArthur has six stanzas but the first one reads:
“Build me a son, O Lord, who’ll be strong enough to know
When he is weak, and knows enough to face himself when he’s afraid;
Who’ll be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
And humble and gentle in victory.”
And the last stanza reads:
“Give him humility so that he may always remember
“The simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom,
“And the meekness of true strength;
Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, ‘I have not lived in vain.’”
A coach had asked him, he said, why Ashton could be a friend of everyone, including his wrestling opponents. While that son didn’t lose matches often, he had learned “the meekness of true strength.”
“I couldn’t be more grateful for Glade Nielson [former mayor],” he said. “He has prepared the way for me to take over.”
Since the election outcome, he had smoothed the path for Seely.
Both Mark Jones, the mayor before Nielson, and Nielson had used Seely as mayor pro temp-ore. He said that he had learned many important lessons from the two men.
One thing he had learned from Jones was that communication and discussion were important tools.
“Mark and I didn’t always see eye to eye,” he said. “Glade and I didn’t always see eye to eye.”
However, he had learned that as the council communicated with each other, worked together for a satisfactory solution and discussed options they arrived at a majority and, usually, a unanimous decision.
Seely said that this election was a clean and fair one. The candidates had determined when they started out that they wanted to be friends at the end. And he and Nielson had remained friends throughout.
He said that his father, a truck driver, would sometimes take him with him on a delivery. His father would ask him to pay attention to the entrances and exits of the places they traveled. His father would ask him if the appearance of the entrances and exits was appealing and if he would want to live there based on that appearance.
Another thing he had learned from his parents was thoughtfulness. His dad had a kind heart and was willing to put others first. He had the respect of many fellow truck drivers because of the way he treated them and others.
He helped everyone who needed kindness, from children to adults. He was the best social worker. His mother was a true support and a social worker in her own right. When she would wake up in the morning and find a strange person asleep on the sofa, she would take it in stride.
They were good examples for him and for the family.
He said that he owed a vote of thanks to his extended family as well. They had a family mono: “Never do anything that would embarrass Aunt Ina and Uncle Frank Morgan.”
His Uncle Casey and Aunt Carrie Seely were also great people who had a positive influence on him and on others.
His immediate family all should be thanked because they had been his support for all he had accomplished. He and his wife, Stacy Kendall Seely, are the parents of two sons and a daughter. Ashton is married to Marissa, who was also present. Their youngest son was excused because he had a school activity.
Seely said he wanted to pay tribute to his wife who was patient and understanding of his time serving the city. There had been, and would continue to be, late nights and times when city business took precedence. She was supportive of those times.
“My wife, Stacy, has been my campaign manager,” he said. “She was my campaign manager when I first ran for the council and was my campaign manager again this time.”
He also wanted to thank his in-laws for all they had done through the years. His mother-in-law was a truly amazing person who lived across the street from them. That was another thing that he loved about Nephi. His three children had the opportunity to know and love grandparents and family.
“I look forward to serving my community,” said Seely. “I’m also looking forward to adding my replacement to the council in the coming weeks.”
There are 12 candidates to choose from. The mayor only gets a vote in case of a tie but will participate with the interviews.