SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Dozens of supporters were at Eddie DeLoach's watch party Tuesday night including former candidates for mayor and alderman.
The crowd watched as the numbers came in, with cheers erupting when DeLoach took the lead and again when the election was finally called.
The mayor-elect stood by his wife as he thanked supporters and gave his victory speech. DeLoach said his first priority is addressing crime and ensuring that Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Jack Lumpkin has the resources he needs to get the department to where it needs to be.
When asked what Savannahians can expect from his term, DeLoach said a culture shift is coming to City Hall, and that there will be a change in the way the city government reacts to issues.
"We're going to make it a mandate that we're here to serve the people. Not only myself -- the council and everybody who works for the City of Savannah. Your job is to work for the tax payers of the City of Savannah and Chatham County, so get on your job and get it done. That's the way we're going to be approaching it," said DeLoach.
The mayor-elect said he's anxious to get to work, but Tuesday night is a time to celebrate what many here are calling a momentous day of change in the city.