Van Johnson wins mayoral runoff in Savannah

Van Johnson wins mayoral runoff in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - All precincts are reporting for the race for Savannah’s Mayor and District 6 Alderman.

Longtime Savannah city councilman Van Johnson beat incumbent Mayor Eddie DeLoach after securing 62 percent of the vote in the race for mayor. DeLoach was running for his second term as the mayor of Savannah.

Johnson spoke just after his win about what direction he and Savannah’s completely new city council will go.

“That we’re going to continue to keep our word and we’re going to issue a plan progressively and timetables in which we can expect to see these happen. The good news is that we have a new council who doesn’t owe anybody but the people. So I think they are, they come with very little baggage. And they come willing to enable the work and see the possibilities,” said Johnson.

Johnson also stopped by the WTOC Studio Wednesday morning and discussed his win for mayor with Cyreia Sandlin on THE News at Daybreak.

WATCH: Van Johnson stops by WTOC to talk about becoming Savannah's new mayor

It was a disappointing night for Mayor Eddie DeLoach and his supporters.

They gathered at his watch party in downtown Savannah hoping for a victory, but instead, the mood turned into an appreciation party for his service to the city.

He spoke tonight at his concession speech.

“We had a great run. We had great help. I want to thank all of you for being here, being a part of this. This is not where I intended to be. Unfortunately, this is where I am. All I can add to that is I was serving the city before I got here and I intend to serve the city after I leave here,” said DeLoach.

DeLoach will remain the mayor through the end of this year. Van Johnson will be sworn into office in January. He along with seven new faces on the City Council.

Kurtis Purtee
Kurtis Purtee (Source: Elect Kurtis Purtee Facebook page)

Which includes a new council member for District 6. Kurtis Purtee beat incumbent Tony Thomas after securing 53 percent of the vote. Thomas has held his spot as District 6 Alderman for over a decade.

Mayor Deloach congratulated Kurtis Purtee on his win.

“I want to congratulate him on his win. I think that’s a great win for the city of Savannah and I think that’s an opportunity for a lot of healing to take place in Savannah. Congratulations to him and his future. I feel like he’ll do a great job. I look forward to him serving with the other group and everybody moving forward. It’s going to be a great time,” said DeLoach.

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