SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Ryan McMahon has declared victory in his bid for a second term as Onondaga County Executive.
Despite an unexpectedly slow trickling in of election results, McMahon declared victory just after 11:00pm on Election Night.
In his first interview since re-election, McMahon told NewsChannel 9: “I think that the voters of this community know that we have a moment in time right now to be special and be relevant on a global stage and that’s what this mandate is about tonight.”
Interview with County Executive Ryan McMahon following victory
When asked what his message is to people who didn’t vote for him, McMahon said: “We hope to earn your support. We’re all Onondaga County residents and we all share the same goals. We’re a community that wants to take care of our vulnerable. We’re a community that has unprecedented economic opportunity on our doorstep and we have to make sure every corner of our community feels that they’re part of that.”
“I’m obviously disappointed,” said Democratic challenger Bill Kinne. “He was able to reach more voter than me.”
Kinne, a longtime county legislator, said he got into the race so McMahon didn’t run unopposed.
“Democracy only really works when the voters have a choice. They had a clear choice this time between a man like Ryan and a man like me,” said Kinne.