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Alderman Osterman Easily Wins Re-election, O’Connor Faces a Rare Run-off

In a night of surprising election results, Chicago saw many changes to its aldermanic landscape which includes a stunning defeat of incumbent Ald. Joe Moore of the 49th ward who trailed newcomer Maria Hadden by nearly 30 percentage points.

In another Northside shake-up, Ald. Pat O’Connor was forced into a rare 40th Ward run-off by challenger Andre Vasquez. With O’Connor receiving 33 % of the vote and Vasquez 20%, the two men will head to a run-off election on April 2.

O’Connor has become one of the longest serving and most powerful Aldermen in Chicago, recently becoming Finance Committee chairman. Vasquez, who is a member of the Democratic Socialist Party of America, rode a wave of progressive reform candidates by claiming O’Connor was Chicago machine politics.

In the 48th Ward, Ald. Harry Osterman easily defeated his Independent challenger Navy veteran David Earl Williams III. With Osterman receiving 84% of the vote and Williams only 16%, he cruised to victory and retained his seat.

Osterman’s support of law enforcement and community involvement have centered around public safety and inclusivity. Edgewater and Andersonville have seen a significant decrease in violent crimes over the past few years and increased small business growth.

 

 


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