Watch video of Christenson's acceptance speech. Note his speech begins around the 13:45 mark.
Malden's first new mayor elect in 16 years said he hopes to bring more technology, efficiency and visibility to the corner office.
But first, he's going to have to get his voice back.
“This is just water, by the way,” he joked, sipping from two plastic cups of ice water during an interview outside of his victory party Tuesday night.
Despite a strained throat after the rigors of election day, Christenson's enthusiasm for the job was obvious: the ward 1 city councilor said the night fulfilled a lifelong dream dating back to his class presidency at Malden High School in 1984.
“I'm still soaking it all in,” he said. “(I'm) so grateful to Malden, and looking forward to working day and night to meet their expectations.”
Looking ahead, Christenson said he would conduct a transitional audit to ensure he is “ready to hit the ground running” this January, but acknowledged he was still figuring out the specifics of his move to the mayor's seat.
The new mayor said he'd also look for ways to incorporate some efficiency measures, including new technology and online services.
Christenson's campaign made frequent use of the internet, including social media outreach, online Q&A sessions and an online video of his acceptance speech broadcast live on his website.
“I'm definitely going to be utilizing more technology (as mayor),” he said, noting he'd like to bring the same approaches to politics at city hall.
And, a final pledge: “to be out and accessible, and have people be able to see their mayor.
“I don't want to make it so they come see me,” he said. “I want to go see them.”