Republican candidate Kristen Brown has won over Democratic candidate Priscilla Scalf with a 2 to 1 margin. Brown has 6,400 votes compared to Scalf’s 3,084.
Brown is the second female mayor in the city’s history and she replaces the longest serving Democratic mayor in the city’s history, Fred Armstrong.
Brown says she wants to improve the city’s safety and infrastructure as some of her first initiatives as mayor.
“I think there’s some area of public safety that were underinvested in, so that would be number one and then two just some core infrastructure in other parts of town,” Brown says. “Our roads are in bad shape, not all of them but we’ve got a backlog of roads that need to be re-paved. It’s the basic core infrastructure that people are concerned about.”
During her candidacy, Brown also heavily pushed for ethics reform for city employees and emphasized city’s future investments as a high priority.