"We feel it is the right of an American to be here. It is a pleasure to see them take office. We brought our two nieces with us. This is the first inauguration they have ever seen and they are excited to be here. We picked them up at school so they could attend the ceremonies," Curry said.
Before the ceremonies began, mayors from three cities met and talked inside, under the Capitol dome.
Dick Callaway, mayor of St. Albans, said, "I am here to be a part of the history of the state of West Virginia. As president of the West Virginia Municipal League, it is an honor to have worked well with Govenor Tomblin for the past few years."
Buck Chestnut, mayor of Belle, said, "We have to support the governor. We need to help him accomplish his goals and objectives in every capacity and to help the people of Belle."
Pat Wilson, mayor of Princeton, said she "considered it an honor to be invited. I also came when he was inaugurated last time."
"I feel honored to be a part of the ceremonies, and I wish him luck with all that he has ahead of him," Wilson said.
Some attending the Capitol ceremonies on Monday focused on other candidates elected in November and sworn into office on Monday.
Zac Ring, of Huntington said, "I'm here to support the new agriculture commissioner, Senator Walt Helmick."
Helmick, D-Pocahontas, gave up his seat in the state Senate to head the Department of Agriculture.
Kirsten Rhodes, of Poca, said, "Mr. Helmick will shine a new creative light on the Department of Agriculture and bring it from the back page to the front page.
"He has been my hero since I was a teenager. He taught me a lot about political and public service."
Noah Perry, a retired cattle farmer who still has more than 100 Texas longhorns living on his farm in Buffalo, worked for previous Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass for more than 25 years.
"I left in 1988. Last year, I supported Walter Helmick in the primary and general. I think he will bring new leadership and direction to the department."
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.