Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will serve his second term in office after winning the mayoral race against Republican candidate Scott Kern on Tuesday.
Goodnight, who is a former auto-union leader, won by a bigger margin in this election than in his first election. Goodnight garnered 70 percent of the vote to Kern’s 30 percent.
Goodnight says he sees his win as a mandate to bring back the city from the “economic doldrums.”
“I think we do take it as a mandate that we need to continue doing the things we are doing, and that’s providing the good services and efficient government and really working to clean up the areas of the city we need to clean up,” he says.
Opponent Kern originally was set to run as a Democratic candidate in the primaries but switched parties so he could run against Goodnight after they had a public disagreement when Goodnight decided to make cuts to the city’s fire department. Kern, who is a fireman, took offense to this decision.