Mobile businessman Sandy Stimpson has been elected as Mayor of Mobile.
Stimpson beat out incumbent Sam Jones with 54% of the vote.
"I am the mayor for everybody I don't car where they live what color they are how old they are, what gender they are, I will be the mayor for everybody in the city of Mobile," said Stimpson at his campaign victory party.
Several hundred people showed up at Fort Whiting Friday as Stimpson gave his acceptance speech. He says he plans to fulfill his campaign promises of government transparency and accountability.
When asked what if any administration changes he would make Stimpson said it is too early to tell.
"We have had a campaign advisory team that was helping steer the campaign. Some of those people will be on a transition team to help advise and help vet people and decide who we ought to be hired and what the options are so we will be assessing all that information," said Stimpson.
Incumbent Sam Jones said Tuesday night in his concession speech that he wishes Stimpson well in this next journey. He also said he has no personal feelings about the results.
"For the last 26 years, I've had the opportunity to make a real difference to our community as a whole," said Jones in his remarks Tuesday at his camp.
So, what went wrong?
"I think the overall thing was basically turnout in wards that usually did much better and they did not turn out today," said Jones.
While overall turnout was about 45-percent, it was much lower in many predominately African-American wards. Meantime, turnout in several large precincts in West Mobile was well over 50-percent. Jones had trouble though explaining why the lack of support. He and his campaign manager say it could have come down to cash.
"What happened was their campaign was better resourced than we were," said Jones.
"We were outspent four to one and some of that you can’t make up," said Jones' campaign manager Steve Raby.
Jones said Stimpson will find that performing on the job will be much tougher than making campaign promises.
"He better come with his big boy pants on," Jones told his supporters.
Meanwhile, Stimpson supporters cheered as the election was called and Stimpson appeared to give his acceptance speech saying, "The impossible is possible."
Stimpson thanked his supporters and everyone who voted for him today.
Stimpson raised close to $1.6 million in his campaign, while Jones raised just over $400,000.