Ballantyne Sworn In As Somerville Mayor

"I'm humbled and honored to have won the vote of so many of you," Ballantyne said during Monday's inauguration ceremony, "and I want every Somervillian to know, no matter how you voted, or if you didn't vote, I'll be listening to you and fighting for you."

During her speech, which was broadcast virtually, Ballantyne emphasized continuing to use the city's progressive values as a road map for action.

"During my eight years on the city council, we've led on social, housing and climate issues," she said. "We are a community full of activists...the challenge before us is, how do we turn our progressive values into progress for all?"