Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey was sworn in to her first full four-year term on Friday.
Ben Franklin, also known as Arlington resident Barry Stevens, delivered opening remarks.
"Today, we recognize a commitment by a local citizen to serve in our government," he said. "Today, we celebrate the voice of an electorate in bringing this citizen into public office. And so, today, we consummate our republic and our democratic process."
Garvey spoke on the American Revolution and the signers of the Declaration of Independence in her speech. She told Patch afterward that she invited Ben Franklin to speak to do something different.
Arlington Clerk of Court Paul Ferguson administered the Oath of Office.
Garvey's four grandchildren — Jeremiah Garvey, 10, Mikaela Febres-Cordero, 6, Owen Hughes, 5, and Megan Hughes, 3 — held the Bible for her as she affirmed the oath.