Mayor-elect reflects on election victory, looks ahead to job

Mayor-elect reflects on election victory, looks ahead to job

READING, Pa. - Vaughn Spencer is adjusting to his new title as mayor-elect of Reading. 

He won Tuesday's election with 58 percent of the vote. That means the people of Reading want change, Spencer said.

"The third time is a charm," Spencer told his supporters Tuesday night.

Spencer talked about getting the job he's wanted for awhile. Now that he has it, he said he will be implementing his vision.

"We're still looking at safer neighborhoods, economic development, job creation, sound fiscal management, higher quality of life and an open transparent government," said Spencer, who noted that he will need the community to help.

As president of City Council, Spencer has not always agreed with how Mayor Tom McMahon ran the city.

"A lot of times [I was] an outspoken opposition to some of the things that the administration was doing," said Spencer. 

He said that is one way he'll be different as mayor.

"We will have a good dialogue," said Spencer. "I'm going to be able to work with council. I'm not going to take their vote for granted."

Spencer said he will listen to what the voters and people of Reading want.

"They want the city to change from what they perceive as an administration that wasn't meeting their needs for whatever reason," said Spencer. 

He will be putting together a transition team in the coming days.  As for department heads, he isn't thinking of letting specific managers go just yet.

"I don't want to get anybody worked up to this point," said Spencer. "I think what we're going to do evaluate how we're operating now, what our system is like now."

He said he's looking forward to January when he gets sworn in, but until then there's a city budget to tackle, which he said will not have a property tax increase.

"It's time to roll up the sleeves and get to work," said Spencer. 

Spencer said his transition team will be inclusive, and he said the mayor has given him access to administrative people to begin the transition process.

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