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Owens named South Boston Mayor

South Boston Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to appoint Ed Owens as interim mayor until a special election Nov. 5.

The mayoral vacancy was created by the recent death of former Mayor Carroll Thackston.

“Thank you for the confidence you put in me,” Owens said Monday.

“Hopefully, I can live up to your expectations.  I’ll need all your help and prayers.”

Owens, who had served as vice-mayor since 2004, is in his fourth term on town council, having been first elected in 1998.

Councilman Coleman Speece nominated Owens for the mayoral position, with a second by Councilman Robert “Bob” Hughes.