- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - City Council President Andrew Ginther will become Columbus’ first new mayor in over 15 years.

He was clearly leading in the vote count when his challenger, fellow Democrat and Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, conceded on Tuesday night.

Ginther had boasted a fundraising advantage and endorsements from the Franklin County Democratic Party and dozens of current and former Democratic officials, including current Mayor Michael Coleman, who was elected in 1999 and decided not to seek a fifth term this year.

Speaking to a cheering crowd of supporters, Ginther said he’ll work to build on Coleman’s legacy. He said each person in each neighborhood deserves a shot at success, and the way to accomplish that is cooperation in a variety of areas, including promoting education, well-trained police and fire services and strong economic development.

“As great as Columbus is today, I believe our best days are still ahead,” Ginther said. “We have the blueprint. We know the goals. Now it’s time to get to work.”

Ginther had a longer political resume than Scott, having served on the city’s school board before he was appointed in 2007 to the council, which he’s led since 2011.

In recent months, Scott sought to attack Ginther for his ties to a lobbyist and traffic-camera company officials who pleaded guilty in a bribery scandal. Ginther wasn’t charged and has denied any wrongdoing.

The 40-year-old Ginther lives with his wife and their young daughter in the Clintonville area, where he grew up.

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