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Former Public Works Director Eric Jackson Projected As Winner Of Trenton Mayoral Race

The Trenton Train Station on August 4, 2011 in Trenton, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bill McCay/Getty Images for GBTC AMERICA FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY)

The Trenton Train Station on August 4, 2011 in Trenton, New Jersey. (Photo by Bill McCay/Getty Images for GBTC AMERICA FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Trenton voters have elected former public works director Eric Jackson as the next mayor of the New Jersey capital city, unofficial results showed Tuesday night.

Jackson, 55, was comfortably ahead in a runoff election Tuesday over Paul Perez, a former security consultant.

He is to be sworn in next month and take over from acting Mayor George Muschal. Muschal took office in February after Tony Mack was removed from office following a federal corruption conviction.

Mack, 48, was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison last month. He also must do 100 hours of community service and pay $3,000 in fines.

He was found guilty in February of bribery, fraud and extortion while mayor of Trenton. He was busted as part of a government sting.

He is expected to begin serving his sentence in the coming weeks.

Jackson and Perez both ran promising a clean and transparent government, improving schools and creating jobs.

They were in a runoff after being the top two vote-getters in a six-candidate field in last month’s nonpartisan election. No one received more than half the votes.

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