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Yonkers City Council president: Win is opportunity to move city in new directionPosted: Updated:
There was a major Democratic victory Tuesday night in the Yonkers City Council president race.
Mike Khader beat Republican incumbent Liam McLaughlin. McLaughlin had served 10 years as a councilman and a full term as president.
Unlike the seasoned politician, Khader is a political newcomer who is choosing politics as an opportunity to move Westchester County's largest city in a new direction.
“I want to be a citizen legislator and I want to legislate with the people,” he says.
Born and raised in Yonkers, Khader is the son of Jordanian immigrants. He is married and has three children who attend Yonkers public schools.
Khader is also an attorney who served the country in the CIA following the Sept.11 terror attacks, something he says solidified a desire to serve people.
Khader's win means a big party shift on the City Council, with Democrats taking the majority. The 6th District race is still undeclared, but if a Democratic candidate wins there, Democrats could have five seats on the council.
Khader says he's ready to advance the city's accomplishments while keeping residents' needs a main priority.