PHOENIXIVLLE >> The race to select the Phoenixville Democratic mayoral nominee ended in a landslide victory Tuesday night as candidate Peter Urscheler defeated challenger Letitia M. Jones.
Urscheler, 33, a marketing and communications consultant from the middle ward, received 63 percent of the vote with 526 votes cast to Jones’ 33 percent with 277 votes cast. The election results are complete but unofficial.
Urscheler will go on to face Republican nominee Dave Gautreau, who ran unopposed, and Green Party candidate Nate Craig in the November general election. Incumbent Mayor Michael Speck did not seek re-election.
When Digital First Media spoke to Urscheler the morning after the big win, he said he was still in shock, excited and honored to receive the support. He hadn’t yet told his father, who turns 90 this year, that he was even running for mayor let along that he won the primary.
“I wanted to wait until after the primary,” he said. He also wondered what his mother, who passed away in 2014, would have said.
Urscheler attributed his win to people appreciating his sense of service.
“It’s about service to the Phoenixville community and maintaining the community’s special caring nature,” he said. The job of mayor to be a community organizer that brings people of different views together and giving a voice to those who don’t have one.
With one hurdle past him, Urscheler said he’ll turn his attention now to meeting with residents to talk about the issues they face, learning about the needs of police and promoting the arts and cultural events and festival in the borough.
“It’s really about reaching out to people and getting to visit more of the community,” he said. “I want to understand the challenges and how as mayor I could play a role and help make the community better.”