Paige Cognetti claims victory in Scranton mayoral race

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Mayor Paige Cognetti claimed victory over Democrat John Murray to be on the November ballot in the 2021 General Election.

Democratic candidate John Murray conceding more than an hour ago. Giving Mayor Cognetti a phone call congratulating her on her victory.

Mayor Cognetti received 78-hundred votes tonight that’s more than two thousand votes than in the 2019 special election.

Mayor Cognetti gave her victory speech at around 10 o’clock Tuesday night at her campaign headquarters on Lackawanna Avenue.

If elected in November against republican Darwin Shaw who ran unopposed in the primary election today Cognetti hopes to work harder for the city outside of a global pandemic.

During her speech tonight Cognetti talked about combatting challenges that face Scranton and its residents in part by improving trust in city government. Making sure children have a safe place to learn and play.

She then talked about the economic side of things by lowering the tax burden by increasing economic growth.

Now, in January the City of Scranton will be exiting act 47 or a financial distressed status put on by the state.

“In the coming months, you will see a lot of the pieces that we will need to execute before we exit. We’re putting together the financial policies that pell is been looking for for quite some time and you will see that come to city council soon,” stated Mayor Cognetti, about the Act 47 exit.

We will continuing to follow Cognetti and Shaw’s campaign from now until November.

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