Andrew Ginther Wins Election to Become Next Mayor of Columbus

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For the first time since 1999, voters have selected a new mayor of the City of Columbus. Andrew Ginther sailed to victory over opponent Zach Scott, declaring his victory on stage at the Franklin County Democratic Party election event tonight. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Ginther retained an 18 point lead over Scott — 59 percent to 41 percent.

“The people have spoken — the people have said that our momentum in this city must continue,” stated current Mayor Michael B. Coleman on stage to thunderous applause. “An eight point victory is what I view as a mandate. A ten point victory is a landslide. And today — a twenty point victory is a good old fashioned butt kicking.”

After Coleman declared that he was “passing the torch of leadership to the next mayor of Columbus” he introduced Ginther who thanked friends, family, colleagues and voters.

“I am honored to stand with you tonight as mayor-elect of the great city of Columbus,” said Ginther. “Tonight’s victory belongs to the people of Columbus who chose hope over despair… community over disunity… progress over retreat. Tonight, Columbus residents once again voted for our future.”

Ginther acknowledged his opponent Zach Scott, who he said conceded earlier in the evening. Ginther will take office on January 1, 2016.

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