Democrats elect new Highland councilman

2013-11-26T20:30:00Z Democrats elect new Highland councilmanCHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent
November 26, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

HIGHLAND | A Democratic caucus on Tuesday unanimously elected Dennis Adams to fill a seat on the Highland Town Council.

Adams, D-4th, was the only person who applied to finish the term of Brian Novak, who recently resigned from the council.

Sixteen of 25 Democratic precinct committeemen attended the caucus at the Wicker Memorial Park clubhouse.

Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott, the Democratic Party chairman, said he was impressed with such a large turnout for an uncontested election.

Adams' term will run through Dec. 31, 2015.

Adams, 69, said he will be meeting with Highland Town Council President Bernie Zemen, D-1st, to get up to speed on the issues.

"I'm going to take one step at a time" and do what is best for the town, Adams said.

Novak said Adams was the man he wanted to replace him on the council and that he will make good decisions.

"I want to wish Mr. Adams the best of luck," Novak said.

Adams also had kind words for Novak, who resigned earlier this month after six years on the council to focus on his professional career.

"Brian did a great job, he really did," Adams said.

Adams, a 48-year Highland resident, currently serves on the Police Commission — a seat Adams said he will voluntarily give up.

Novak also had resigned as chairman of the Highland Democratic Precinct Organization, a four-year term that expires in May.

In a second election, the caucus unanimously elected Novak's mother, Marsha, to finish out his term.

"I am so proud to stand up here today and see all your faces," she said.

She said it will be hard to fill her son's shoes, but she's proud to become what is believed to be the first woman to hold the position.

Both Adams and Marsha Novak were sworn into office by McDermott.

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