Pantelides and Cohen were vying to lead the capital's 38,000 residents. The two have offered differing visions for the downtown City Dock area and how to run the government.

During the campaign, Cohen promoted his experience and his work to turn around the city government's finances.

Pantelides, meanwhile, said he would bring a more businesslike mentality and new ideas to City Hall. He works for a software company selling government relations programs and previously sold advertising for newspapers, including The Baltimore Sun.

He acknowledged that he'll have to work to build consensus with the members of the city council — seven Democrats and one Republican. He planned to schedule meetings with all of them.

Pantelides' victory was celebrated by Republicans in Anne Arundel County. State Republican Party Director Joe Cluster said Pantelides will be a new face for the party as the 2014 elections approach.

Cluster said it was particularly meaningful to secure a Republican victory in a city dominated by Democratic voters.

"He's going to be a rising star in the party," Cluster said.

Mike Pantelides

Party: Republican

Age: 30

Occupation/experience: Sells government relations software to businesses and organizations. Former president of the Germantown-Homewood Civic Association. Member of the Annapolis Republican Central Committee. He previously worked in ad sales for The Baltimore Sun and The Capital in Annapolis. Graduate of West Virginia University.

Top issues: Address fees and taxes, including water bills; review controversial proposed Crystal Spring development; focus on maintaining character of City Dock downtown; address underfunded retiree pensions.

Personal: Lifelong Annapolis resident. Enjoys working out, including lifting weights, swimming and doing yoga, which his girlfriend teaches. Enjoys sports, including the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, Navy teams and the Baltimore Orioles.