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Del. Governor Takes Oath for Second Term

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Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is shown in this WBOC file photo. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is shown in this WBOC file photo.

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Delaware's governor and lieutenant governor were sworn in Tuesday in Dover for their second terms.

The event usually happens right out front of Legislative Hall. But rainy weather forced it inside to Dover's Central Middle School.

Gov. Jack Markell used his inaugural address to look both forward and backward.

"The work we have done together these past four years is just the beginning," he said. "That works continues - starting today."

The speech did not include many specifics about plans for the second term but did touch on a number of topics.

The economic downturn: "We closed the largest budget shortfall in our state's history by together choosing a course of shared sacrifice."

Civil Unions: "Delaware has also moved in four short years to put an end to legal discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

Early education: "All children will enter kindergarten ready to learn. They will be taught to high standards and offered opportunities to acquire skills."

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn spoke at length about the sacrifice of America's servicemen and women. He singled out three men who came in from around the country for the inauguration.

"A lot of times we don't stop to think about what we've actually done," Spc. Cody Floyd said. "Hearing it come so eloquently from someone like (Lt. Gov. Denn), it really made me stop and think about what we have been through.

The governor's inaugural ball is Tuesday night in Wilmington. Markell didn't have one in 2008 - citing the difficult financial times.

Though this speech might have been light on specifics for the new term, the governor was likely holding those for his State of the State speech Thursday.

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