JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — After almost 16 years, Johnston residents will soon have a new mayor.

Joseph Polisena Jr., the son of incumbent Joseph Polisena, will take reins from his father in January.

Polisena Jr. is a town councilor and running with the Democratic party.

He defeated two independents, Karen Cappelli Chadwick and Brenda Lynn Leone, who attempted to take City Hall from the Polisena family.