The republican and democratic candidates who are advancing to the general election in the race for Columbus mayor won their respective party nominations last night in a landslide. Both Republican Kristen Brown and Democrat Priscilla Scalf garnered more than 60-percent of their party’s votes.
Scalf watched at the Yes Cinema last night as votes came in. She said her campaign has a lot of momentum moving forward and if elected she’ll continue the work that’s been done by 4 term mayor Fred Armstrong.
“I think that Columbus has progressed a lot over the past 16 years but obviously we need to keep moving forward- we have a brand new downtown, we need to keep invigorating and building that. We need to connect all of Columbus together as a whole town,” said Scalf.
Likewise, Brown said one of her first orders of business will be creating a strategic plan for the entire city. She says Columbus needs to be more inclusive.
“Our city politics has been politics as usual for awhile. The people want to see leadership that understands that the leader/elected official actually works for the taxpayers and the citizens,” said Brown.
Meanwhile, in Bloomington, Mayor Mark Kruzan will be running for a third term in November. Surrounded by supporters, he celebrated his victory last night at the Democratic headquarters.
“Bloomington has been extremely good to me for a lot of years and I want them to know I don’t ever take them for granted, and I want to repay that courtesy in the next four years,” said Kruzan.
Going into the general election, Kruzan is running unopposed. Republicans have until June 30th to choose a challenger.