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Election Drama: Some Area Alderman Have An Easy Win, Others Not So Much

voteYesterday’s voting proved to be an interesting one as area politicians worked hard to gain the support needed to win their election bids. But by the time the final numbers started rolling in, one word stole the headlines, ‘run-off’.

With Mayor Emanuel unable to pull off the 50 percent he needed to clinch a second term, Chuy Garcia became a new symbol for Chicagoan’s who are looking for change. With only 45 percent of the vote, the mayor will now need to face Garcia in an April run-off.

But it is not only the mayoral race that will have to be decided in April. With just under 47 percent of the vote, Alderman James Cappleman will have to face his run-off opponent – Amy Crawford (who got just under 38 percent of the vote). Crawford used the rising crime in the Uptown neighborhood and the criticism over Cappleman’s handling of single-room occupancy hotels (SROs) to launch her numbers.

In the 47th and 48th wards however, both Alderman Ameya Pawar and Alderman Harry Osterman cleared easy victories within their communities. Pawar, who earned just under 83 percent of the vote saw an unsuccessful challenge by Rory Fiedler who received only 17 percent. Fielder’s stance on a more ward-centric office and his support of a casino on Northerly Island fell flat with the voters. Osterman had no challenger this election.

A more gripping race was that between Alderman Pat O’Connor and challenger Dianne Daleiden. It was O’Connor’s first challenger in 24 years and it was a good fight. With O’Connor winning his election with 58 percent of the vote, Daleiden proved to be a tough challenger earning 41 percent of the vote. With a die hard base, Chicago Public School teacher Daleiden focused on deep issues within the ward like the Edgewater Medical Center redevelopment and revitalizing the Lincoln Avenue corridor north of Lawrence.

Chicago run-off elections will be April 7, 2015.


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