STEELTON, Pa. (WHTM) — Democrat Ciera Dent wins a close race over Republican Maria Marcinko for Steelton Mayor.
Dent was able to get the position with 50.82% of the vote over Marcinko, who had 48.52%.
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Dent defeated Marcinko in the Democratic primary, however, Marcinko won the write-in contest for the Republican primary, thus earning a spot on the ballot.
Marcinko was the first woman to be elected Mayor in Steelton and Dent is now the second to hold office.
Dent says running a campaign was challenging but she also says knocking on doors and talking to residents was the key to gaining support. The 34-year-old says she was able to reflect on the journey moments after she found out she won the election.
“We worked hard all year and to finally get to that moment where we were able to see our work come to pass and see the results we were hoping for. It was a moment of awe,” Dent said.
Dent says she is looking forward to working with borough council. One of her main responsibilities will be overseeing the police department.