Jason Chio

Jason Chio is sworn in as councilman for Ashland's second ward during a Jan. 4 meeting. 

ASHLAND — Jason Chio joined his new colleagues on Ashland City Council on Tuesday for his first meeting as the city’s second ward representative.

“It’s very exciting,” he said. “I’m blessed to have my family here with me tonight and I look forward to this council and this city can get done in the next four years.”

Chio, along with council members Dennis Miller and Angela Woodward, was sworn in by Mayor Matt Miller.

Chio, a Republican who works as a construction safety director, edged opponent Heather Sample, a Democrat, for the seat. He hopes to bring a unique perspective to council with his experience in the construction industry.

Mayor Miller congratulated his council members.

“I do believe personally that this probably will be one of the most transformative years yet in the city,” Miller said, adding that many of the projects started take years to come to fruition.

During the mayor’s report toward the end of Tuesday’s council meeting, Miller hinted at working with “several prospects” on the sale of land out at the city’s industrial park off U.S. Route 250.

Council president Steve Workman retained his role as president during the meeting. 

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