Thomas M. Leighton
|Mayor of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania|
January 5, 2004 – January 4, 2016
|Preceded by||Tom McGroarty|
|Succeeded by||Anthony George|
|Constituency||Luzerne County, Pennsylvania|
|Children||Kelly, Tom Jr., and Courtney|
|Residence||Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States|
Thomas M. "Tom" Leighton is an American politician. A Democrat, he served as the mayor of the city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2016. Mayor Leighton was the first mayor under the city's Home Rule Charter to be popularly elected to three consecutive terms.
On June 9, 2005, Leighton unveiled his 'I believe...' campaign for Wilkes-Barre, which was intended to boost the city's spirits and rid residents of their cyncisim and negativity about the city. Construction is complete on a planned downtown 14-screen theatre complex and a two-floor Barnes & Noble bookstore. The movie theater opened in July 2006. A Barnes & Noble bookstore opened in early October 2006. New street lights have replaced worn out red lights in the Public Square and in parts of the downtown area.
Associated Press Report on the "I Believe... " Campaign
The Citizens' Voice (local newspaper) report - example of City Council meeting, with quote by Mayor Leighton -
|Mayor of Wilkes-Barre
January 5, 2004–January 2016