TRENTON - Voters in Trenton have elected Eric Jackson as mayor in a runoff election. Jackson secured 55 percent of the vote.
Paul Perez and Eric Jackson emerged from a field of six candidates during the nonpartisan city election last month. More than half the votes were needed to prevent a runoff.
Many in the city are hoping for a fresh start after former Mayor Tony Mack was sentenced to almost five years behind bars after he was convicted on corruption charges. Even before that, crime spiked and state officials kept an arm's length distance. Residents say the city's new mayor must build bridges and stop the bleeding.
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Jackson is a former public works director in Trenton. He says nothing can change without stopping crime. He believes if crime continues to fall, tourism will make a comeback. "I bring over 25 years of municipal government experience sitting in cabinet level positions for over 15 years," he says.
Perez would have become Trenton's first Latino mayor. He grew up in the city, served in the Army and then worked as a security management consultant in Washington, D.C.