Jane Castor beat out David Straz with an overwhelming 73 percent of the people's vote on Tuesday night in Tampa, Florida.

Jane Castor is Tampa’s next mayor.

She beat out David Straz with an overwhelming 73 percent of the vote on Tuesday night. Castor very nearly won the office in the March primary, coming just short of the majority needed to avoid Tuesday’s run-off, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Castor becomes the city’s first LGBTQ person elected mayor, CNN reported.

Castor, who won 96 of the city’s 103 precincts, spent roughly $44 per vote based on campaign finance reports. Straz, on the other hand, spent $345, the Times reported.

Could not be prouder of Mayor Elect Jane Castor. Would not have picked anybody else to pass the torch to and I am excited about what our future looks like. Jane is the right person at the right time and she will take the momentum of the last 8 years and write TPA’s next chapter.

— Bob Buckhorn (@BobBuckhorn)April 23, 2019

Castor’s speech following the victory focused on the positive. “No matter what we went through, no matter what obstacle was put in our way, we never lost our focus on the issues that mattered,” she said.

Those issues include making neighborhoods stronger by improving and multiplying transit options and expanding affordable housing in a city that's becoming gentrified quickly.

Her campaign during the run-off, which lasted seven weeks, was built on television ads, social media and mailers that focused on her track record as chief of police and promised to keep Tampa on the right trajectory.

Voters responded well to that approach, the Times reported.

Straz paid for negative ads against Castor and her career with the Tampa Police Department but didn’t provide evidence.

On Tuesday night, he responded to Castor’s win respectfully. “If you want the best for Tampa, you want Jane Castor to succeed as mayor,” he told the audience.

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