Scranton City Tax Collector Bill Courtright will move onto the general election, winning the primary election 50-42 over challenger Elizabeth Randol with 94 percent of precincts reporting.
Courtright was considered one of the favorites for the Scranton Mayoral race. He’s been involved with the City of Scranton since 2004, having previously served on the Scranton City Council from 2004-2010. He has served as city tax collector from 2010-2013.
The spotlight was on Courtright and Randol in the race for incumbent Mayor Chris Doherty’s seat. Doherty announced in January he would not run for re-election.
Randol has previously served as Chief of Staff to the Lackawanna County Commissioners and policy director for State Treasurer Rob McCord. She also had a brief six-month stint as campaign manager for Attorney General Kathleen Kane before taking a job in the private sector.
Like Harrisburg, Scranton has been much maligned for its financial woes. Some infamous moments being cutting city employee wages down to the minimum $7.25 per hour, as well as an attempted tax for non-Scranton citizens who commute to work in the city.
Courtright will take on Republican nominee Gary Lewis in the general election, who currently leads with 59 percent of the vote.