On Tuesday evening, Democrat mayoral candidate Paul Vallas won the primary contest for the Chicago mayoral mansion, putting doubt as to whether incumbent Lori Lightfoot will successfully gain enough votes to face him in the April runoff.
The election was a contested field of nine different candidates, however, only a few garnered over ten percent of the vote. The top two candidates who received the most votes will be heading to a runoff election.
As of this report, in first place, with 35 percent of the vote, is Paul Vallas, per the New York Times. Vallas is a former public school executive who is more conservative on education and has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of the Police given his law and order stance.
“The city clearly is in crisis and people want a crisis manager who can come in and focus on getting things done,” Vallas said while casting his ballot on Tuesday, as reported by the New York Times.
In second place, with 20.2 percent of the vote, is Brandon Johnson who is a country commissioner. He has been endorsed by the Chicago Teachers' Union.
The incumbent mayor only received 16.4 percent of the vote showcasing her waning popularity as the city's crime rate spiked in recent years.
As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, Lightfoot claimed in an interview with The New Yorker that racism is impacting her results: “I am a Black woman—let’s not forget. Certain folks, frankly, don’t support us in leadership roles.”
She continued to compare herself to the first Black Mayor of Chicago Harold Washington who was elected in 1983.
“The same forces that didn’t want Harold Washington to succeed, they’re still here,” implying that the city of Chicago and Cook County, which both enjoy extensive representation of black Americans in leadership positions, still has a problem with racism.
As mail-in ballots continue to come in, election workers are working throughout the night to count the votes of the hotly contested primary election. It could be multiple hours, if not days, until the final decision on who will face off with Vallas in the April runoff and eventually run Chicago for the next four years.
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