Courtright Declares Victory In Scranton Mayoral Race

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SCRANTON — The Electric City will be getting new mayor next year.

Democrat Bill Courtright has declared victory in the race for mayor.

Courtright addressed supporters around 9:15 p.m. at the Radisson Lackawanna Station in Scranton.

“Not just the people who voted for me, but the people who also voted for my opponent, we’ve got to pull together. We’ve got to fix this city,”Courtright said.

Scranton’s outgoing tax collector, Courtright was the Democratic victor in the May primary.

He said the city’s financial problems are something he has do deal with and believes he has a plan to get the city headed in the right direction.

“I think I’ve said all along, in the primary and through now, there’s no one thing that’s going to bring us back. It’s going to be several things and I think we chip away at it a little at a time. But in speaking to the banking community, one thing they echoed to me over and over again, is they want to see a realistic budget. That would be up to the current mayor and the council. Once they see a realistic budget, then they want to see that we’re following that budget.”

Courtright was opposed by Republican candidate Jim Mulligan who conceded the race shortly after Courtright declared victory.

Both candidates voted in Scranton this morning.