Chicago Candidates Race to Run-Off

It's a run-off! After yesterday's election, 14 aldermanic seats remain undecided.

In Chicago elections, candidates can be declared the winner only if they receive a majority of the votes cast—that means they have to get 50 percent plus one vote to win the election.

If a candidate fails to meet that bar in the first election round then the highest two vote-getters meet again for a “supplementary” election, or run-off.

That “50-percent-plus-one” bar was hard to meet this time around. Almost 250 people ran to fill only 53 slots: Mayor, City Clerk, City Treasurer and 50 Aldermen.

In the mayoral and aldermanic races, the lack of incumbents drew scads of candidates.

The Mayor’s race—which for the first time in decades does not include incumbent Mayor Richard M. Daley—attracted six hopefuls. In the end, Rahm Emanuel defeated his five competitors with almost 55 percent of the vote, winning the race out-right.

And in the eight aldermanic wards with no elected incumbent (wards 4, 38, 41, 43, 45, 46, 47, and 48) the races for City Council were also competitive.

Indeed, the aldermanic vacancies created opportunity for political novices and party favorites alike to throw their hats into the ring, each one reducing the likelihood that any other would break the 50-percent-plus-one threshold needed to claim victory.

An incumbent Alderman doesn’t always equate to an outright win on Election Day. Some wards had a few strong challengers running against a sitting alderman. That meant the vote was more divided on Election Day, making it difficult for anyone to win out-right.

As of 9 a.m., the following 14 city council seats are undecided and will go on to the run-off.  We’ve listed the two remaining candidates you will have to choose from on April 5.  Newly elected officials will be sworn in May 16.

Not sure if you live in a ward listed below? Click here to find out which ward you live in.

6     FREDDRENNA M. LYLE                 RODERICK T. SAWYER

15    TONI L. FOULKES                            RAYMOND A. LOPEZ

16    JOANN THOMPSON                        HAL E. BASKIN

17    LATASHA R. THOMAS                     DAVID H. MOORE

20   WILLIE B. COCHRAN                       CHE ”RHYMEFEST” SMITH

24    SHARON DENISE DIXON               MICHAEL D. CHANDLER

25    DANIEL ”DANNY” SOLIS                 CUAHUTÉMOC MORFÍN

36    JOHN A. RICE                                      NICHOLAS SPOSATO

38    TIMOTHY M. CULLERTON              TOM CARAVETTE

41     MARY O’CONNOR                              MAURITA E. GAVIN

43    MICHELE SMITH                                TIM EGAN

45    JOHN GARRIDO                                  JOHN ARENA

46    MARY ANNE ”MOLLY” PHELAN    JAMES CAPPLEMAN

50    BERNARD L. STONE                          DEBRA L. SILVERSTEIN

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6 responses to “Chicago Candidates Race to Run-Off

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  2. Tim

    Please end the 100 year tyranny in the 38th Ward. Help us elect an Honest Alderman for a Change.

    Vote Tom Caravette Alderman of the 38th Ward!

    • Jon

      Tom Caravette honest??? Check out http://www.tomcaravette.com then see how honest he is!

    • Engineer

      Besides being ethically challenged, if one looks over Caravettes answers to the media & orginization questionnaires, he is short on specifics and conviction, and in interviews sounds more like a man with a personal axe to grind rather than someone that is running for the right reasons.

  3. olschool

    Run Off for the 16th Ward Between Incumbent Alderman Joann Thompson and Hal Baskin 2 Crooks in a run-off….Engelwood look out!

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