Don Guardian prepares to take AC mayor's seat -

Don Guardian prepares to take AC mayor's seat

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After five consecutive years in office, Lorenzo Langford has been ousted as Atlantic City's Mayor, and in January, Republican Don Guardian will step in.

Last night's mayoral election sent shockwaves throughout Atlantic City - a city where democrats outnumber republicans 9-to-1.

But despite the odds being against him, Don Guardian says he is now ready to step into office and work with his fellow democratic councilmen.

Guardian told NBC40, "As you know, it is the bipartisan working together that is going to bring this city forward; I don't think there is any question about that."

Atlantic City residents have not had a republican mayor in office since 2001 - but in a city where change is constant, Republican Mayor-elect, Don Guardian, says he is ready to work with those on the other side of the aisle. Guardian explained, "I am going to be working with nine Democratic Councilmen. I'm the Republican Mayor. I've got two Republican Assemblymen. I have a Democratic Senator. We have a Democratic President of the Senate in Trenton, and we have a Republican Governor. So we are all going to be on the same page in order for Atlantic City to go forward."

And as the city does go forward, current mayor, Lorenzo Langford says he will do the same.

In a statement, Langford said, "The people have spoken. This is not a time for Monday morning quarterbacking. I will make no excuses. I have no regrets. I've had a great run and I'm proud of my record of service to this community."

With his win, Guardian becomes the first openly-gay Mayor of Atlantic City.

On Wednesday, Guardian held a press conference to address his supporters, and other Atlantic City residents, in which he reiterated some of his campaign promises.

Guardian said, "I’ve said all along, and I stick to my campaign promise - which is now actions - that no one in City Hall, no one that works for the city is going to be laid off for financial reasons. We are going to take care of that."

Guardian told NBC40 one of his first priorities once he gets into office will be working with re-elected 2nd District State Senator, Jim Whelan, and Governor Christie, to bring some of the FEMA funding to Atlantic City.

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