Thomas M. Leighton

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Tom Leighton
Tom Leighton.jpg
Mayor of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
In office
January 5, 2004 – January 4, 2016
Preceded by Tom McGroarty
Succeeded by Anthony George
Constituency Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Patty Leighton
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.

Leighton defeated former city leader Tom McGroarty in the Democratic Party primary election in 2003, partly on a platform to revitalize Wilkes-Barre's downtown sector.

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.

External links[edit]

Associated Press Report on the "I Believe... " Campaign

The Citizens' Voice (local newspaper) report - example of City Council meeting, with quote by Mayor Leighton -

Preceded by
Tom McGroarty
Mayor of Wilkes-Barre
January 5, 2004–January 2016
Succeeded by
Anthony George