TRENTON, NJ – (June 15, 2010) – Former Mercer County Freeholder Tony Mack, bolstered by an exceptionally strong showing in the South Ward, was elected the next mayor of Trenton following Tuesday’s convincing runoff victory over Manuel “Manny’’ Segura.
Born and raised in the Wilbur section of the city, Mack captured 7,257 votes (62.24 percent), compared to 4,375 (37.52 percent) for Segura.
Mack will succeed Douglas H. Palmer, whose 20-year run as mayor officially comes to an end when Mack is sworn in July 1.
“I do not have the words to express my appreciation for the love and support I have received throughout this incredible journey,” Mack told his supporters at the Trenton Marriott Downtown. “The Wilbur section wasn’t New York, but the sentiment was that if you could make it there, you could make it anywhere. This is a humbling experience for me. We are going to put you first in everything we do … and I mean that. Things did not deteriorate overnight, and we can not fix it overnight. But we can get started right away.”
After an unsuccessful mayoral run against Palmer in 2006, Mack tallied 982 votes in the Segura stronghold of the South Ward. Segura had 975 votes in the south, a section of the city he won handily in the May 11 election.
Mack received 22 percent of the vote on May 11, while Segura garnered 17 percent. Segura edged Trenton Director of Public Works Eric Jackson following a contentious battle over rejected mail-in ballots for the right to face Mack in Tuesday’s runoff.