On Tuesday evening, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) was handily defeated in the primary election for the Democrat nomination. The mayor, who was elected in 2019, has faced considerable pushback during her term for the skyrocketing crime in the Windy City.
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 in April.
As of this report, in first place, with 34.9 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 who has been endorsed by the Chicago Teachers’ Union.
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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.
With Lightfoot defeated in the primary, Chicago will hopefully have a brighter future. The people of the city should take into account how crime has impacted their lives in recent years and elect the candidate that is willing to back police and take a stand against criminals. Vallas appears to be the man for the job and Chicagoans will get the chance to vote for him in April.
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