Mayor Young elected to 4th term in Philadelphia

Mayor James Young re-elected.
Mayor James Young re-elected.(WTOK)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:11 AM CDT
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PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Philadelphia Democrat Mayor James Young has been re-elected for his 4th term with 62% of the votes.

Young faced Republican candidate Leo Renaldo in the general election.

Young stepped into to office in 2009 as the first African American mayor in the city. He was elected again in 2013 and 2017.

“I am overwhelmed but also thankful for the support throughout this city,” Young said. “It just solidifies the hard work that we tried to do and how we’ve tried to represent everyone in the community. I am thankful for this opportunity. Moving forward, there’s still so much work to be done.”

He says he is committed to developing the city further with road paving, tourism attractions and finishing the multi-million dollar four-lane project.

“We have other industries and small businesses that are looking to come, and we are just thankful for that,” Young said. “We have a lot of internal community issues that we must deal with. Just making things better for our people in the city of Philadelphia.”

Mayor Young will be sworn in on July 1st.

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