DECISION 2019: Dobies wins reelection in Jackson

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JACKSON, MI. (WILX) -- The Mayoral Race in Jackson was close.

Derek J. Dobies won reelection with 2,187 votes.

However, Jeromy Alexander called the race without all of the numbers in.

He said, “I just got the results here a few minutes ago... and really it’s just a lot of thanks. We had so many people that donated to our campaign, so many people that volunteered, knocked on doors, handed out flyers... I had a great time just getting to know the whole city. It really got me outside of my Ward so it was just a great experience."

Alexander had 1,801 votes.

"Numbers came in just a little shy but we were out spent by about $50,000, so I think we did well," Alexander said.

Dobies told us that he's looking forward to working with some new city council members.

“We got some new council members gonna be coming on board and I think that that’s gonna create a really good dynamic of some new experience and some new energy," Dobies said. "And I think that putting together a long-term proposal to fix our streets and continue to build the progress out of downtown and out into the neighborhood is gonna be key.”

Dobies is the first incumbent to win a mayor's race in Jackson in nearly 15 years.

Dobies recently has proposed changes in Jackson addressing gun violence, including a $150,000 intervention program.

And he says he's ready to take on more projects for the community during his second two-year term.

"The people want me to continue working hard for them, that's what we've been doing over the last two years and we set out at the beginning of this campaign to talk about the things, the progress that we've made, and the progress that we want to continue with another two years," said Dobies. "That involves a lot of hard work, a lot more projects, bringing more programs out and into the neighborhoods, and I think that it's exciting to have an opportunity to do that."

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