STOCKTON (CBS13) – Challenger Anthony Silva has won the race for Stockton mayor in a tight race that went late into the night.
Silva came out with 58 percent of the votes to incumbent Ann Johnston’s 42 percent with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.
“I grew up in some of toughest areas so to think that someone like me could possibly be elected the mayor of Stockton is amazing,” Silva said Tuesday night.
Silva takes over a city that has been plagued with issues, the biggest being the skyrocketing crime rate and the city’s bankruptcy.
Johnston campaigned saying she had a plan in place to help the city recover.
“We’ve got a lot of initiatives actively going and the public is going to see some real results very quickly,” she said.
However, voters made it clear they wanted change and went with Silva.
“We’re a city in crisis right now. We’re a city under siege with the crime, with the murder record, with the bankruptcy, with the unemployment,” Silva said. “We have to make a stand now if we’re going to put an end to this.”