Fox and Mele were narrowly defeated by Commissioners Paul B. Bartle and Floriana M. Bloss for the endorsement of the party's committeemen but trounced Bartle and Bloss in a bitter primary battle.
Mele, Fox and [Joseph M. Hoeffel] harkened back to their campaigns, reaffirming their election promises.
PHOTO by SALLY HUNTER, special to The Morning Call. CAPTION: Taking the oath Above, Montgomery County commissioners raise their hands during their swearing-in yesterday. They are (from left) [Jon D. Fox], [Mario Mele], and Joseph M. Hoeffel. Story B1. (Appeared on page A01, SECOND edition.)