Perez Williams claims victory in Democratic Primary for Syracuse mayor
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
The polls have closed in Central New York and the results are being tallied at polling places across the area.
In Onondaga County the race to earn the Democratic nomination for Syracuse mayor is front and center.
Juanita Perez Williams leads with 4,204 votes, followed by Joe Nicoletti, who has 2,740, and Marty Masterpole, who has 785. Those numbers come with 100% of precincts reporting.
Perez Williams' campaign has declared victory to a chorus of cheers from supporters at her campaign's viewing party.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me - for helping me do this not for me, not for a title, but for the people of this city that are waiting for hope, waiting for someone who will hear them," Perez Williams said Tuesday night. "Hears our voices, hears what's happening in our streets, hears our struggles. We did it."
Meanwhile, Nicoletti has spoken to his supporters, saying his campaign will move on and he intends to congratulate Perez Williams.
"Syracuse is a tremendous city. I will never stop believing in it," Nicoletti said.
Masterpole, who finished third, said he was proud of the campaign that he ran. "I can wake up tomorrow morning and be with my kids and look in the mirror and say there was no mudslinging," Masterpole said.
Perez Williams will face off against Republican Laura Lavine, Independent Ben Walsh and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Nicoletti has said he intends to be on the ballot on the Working Families Party line during the general election in November.
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