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Ezra Nanes Declares Victory In Democratic Primary For State College Mayor

State College mayoral candidate Ezra Nanes released a statement Wednesday night declaring victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Although vote counts remain unofficial, Nanes has, so far, amassed 1,690 votes (66.5%), giving him a nearly two-to-one margin over Jim Leous, who also ran in the Democratic primary. Nanes said he is deeply honored by his apparent victory and the confidence of voters.

“Our community spoke with resounding clarity and unity of purpose to affirm the most fundamental part of our vision — that all people be loved, valued and respected for who they are, be protected, have access to representation and to the resources of our community and that every person has the same right of self-determination afforded to each of us,” Nanes said in a statement.

Moving forward, Nanes said he’ll work with his team to form plans for his first 100 days in office and share details with the public soon. His campaign largely focused on promoting underrepresented voices in the borough, reducing homelessness, and supporting small businesses, among other efforts.

In his statement, Nanes also said that Leous called him late Tuesday night to congratulate him on his apparent victory.

“Jim has served our community honorably, and his family, friends and supporters should be very proud of his commitment to our shared future,” Nanes wrote. “I look forward to working with Jim, and I know he will continue to play an important role in our civic life.”

According to Nanes, Leous won’t run in November’s election as a write-in candidate, effectively sealing the mayorship for Nanes since no Republican ran in the primary. With 10 write-in votes, Leous could hypothetically secure the GOP nomination and appear on November’s ballot.

Primary election results will remain unofficial until certified by Centre County’s Board of Elections. The certification deadline is June 7.

Nanes is currently the director of business development at AccuWeather in State College. Leous, meanwhile, is a three-term member of the State College Area School Board and an employee in Penn State’s Office of the Associate CIO for Research.

The borough’s next mayor will succeed Ron Filippelli, who’s currently running for Borough Council but, at this time, appears unlikely to secure a necessary Democratic nomination.

State College’s mayor serves a four-year term while earning a $13,000 yearly salary. He or she can’t vote among the Borough Council but can veto or approve ordinances and preside over council meetings.

This year’s general municipal election is slated for November 2. Then, voters could officially elect Nanes as State College’s next mayor.

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