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Edna Jackson loses mayoral election, congratulates Eddie DeLoach

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Mayor Edna Jackson and her supporters were watching the numbers come in for hours at her headquarters Tuesday night.

Precinct after precinct reported, and the numbers were not in the mayor’s favor. The mayor offered her concession speech around 9:30 p.m. to the dozens of supporters who showed up Tuesday night.

Back in the Nov. 3rd election, Jackson took 44 percent of votes in her first shot at a re-election bid. Tuesday, her numbers were up, but it still wasn't enough to reclaim the seat.

Jackson was the first African-American woman voted into the office back in 2011. Prior to that, she served three terms as an Aldermen-At-Large.

Jackson had this to say following Tuesday’s run-off election loss to challenger Eddie DeLoach.

"I do want to say congratulations to Eddie and his camp. But I hope they will not forget about the people, our young people in particular. Because they're the ones that need the jobs that we're bringing back to this community,” said Jackson.

Mayor Jackson said in her concession speech that she will not run for office again, but will still be a vocal member for the community she led for four years.

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