JACKSON, Mich. — Daniel Mahoney will be Jackson's next mayor.
According to unofficial results, Mahoney brought in 2,077 votes to his opponent John Wilson's 1,745.
He and his family were all smiles at their election watch party once the results became final.
"One thing that I would say is thank you for trusting the vision, thank you for trusting the work that I have done in this community and that that work will continue,” he said. I'm here to address the most pressing concerns in this community.”
His father Daniel, was in attendance at the watch party and said the city of Jackson will be getting a good one.
“The programs and ideas that he's got to move the city forward, bringing business into the city and being a great ambassador for the city of Jackson. He's the right guy for the job and he's not going to stop working until he gets the job done so you know I'm proud of him completely and totally. I told him when he was a county commissioner this city could use you in a bigger way and maybe even the whole state of Michigan because you have that kind of charisma about yourself to the lead in a good way," Mahoney, Sr. said.
Mahoney, a Jackson County Commissioner, was endorsed by outgoing Mayor Derek Dobies. His campaign focused on public safety, infrastructure and government transparency
“I think I’m going to be a groundbreaking mayor with a huge vision and someone who can unite this community instead of continued division that we’ve seen over the last 18 to 24 months between county politics and city politics and the racial divide that has happened in the community and abroad in general," he said in an interview last week. "I think I can be a sound and solid place of unity, understanding a lot of different aspects of people."
Other local election results were finalized as well.
Arlene Robinson the incumbent in Jackson's Ward 1 defeated Dena Morgan 285 votes to 226 votes.
Angelita Gunn will head to Jackson City Council representing Ward 3 over Caleb Blondke 311 votes to 236 votes.
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