The 45th Mayor of The City of Chicago will be a runoff between Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle. The historic runoff between these two candidates will take place on April 2, 2019. The new mayor will be sworn in on May 10, 2019.
The Chicago Board of Elections is reporting just over 303,000 Chicagoans have voted across more than 2000 precincts. The number of votes is a historic low in Chicago with only 34% of registered voters making it to the polls this election.
Preckwinkle will join Lightfoot in this historic runoff. Never in the history of Chicago, have two African-American women faced off directly in a general election.
In a relatively stunning upset, Ms. Lightfoot, an advocate and member of the LGBTQ+ community, has made her way into the runoff. Perhaps Lightfoot’s past record and financial statistics helped with the gain of votes. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor is the only candidate to directly investigate cases of police brutality She’s also eloquently taken a stance against many of her opponents policies instead of deferring to attack mode used by many politicians in the final days of a campaign, which brings me to my next point:
Lightfoot is not a politician. 20 years ago, that would be a negative attribute. Now, it is a driving factor to Lightfoot’s success. She slacked in financial contributions but wilfully earned an endorsement from The Chicago Sun Times, and campaigned heavily on equity and change. Raising $1.5 million in campaign funds, Lightfoot had a relative deficiency in finances compared to other candidates, but she still pulled through strongly on Tuesday’s stunning upset.
The answers to the questions on the minds of voters come April may now shift given the two leaders in this race have been determined. No matter your politics, your vote will make history and that is exactly what defines the power of voting.
So, if you’re old enough and not a felon, get out there and vote. Believe in the democratic system of elections. It is important.