CHICAGO – Two African-American women are heading for a run-off run by the Mayor of Chicago by organizing elections that will make history.
Laurie Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor and a keen stare at the status quo in the mayoralty, and Tony Prekinkel, chairman of the district council and chairman of the Democratic Party of the Democratic Party, will face each other in the second round of April, according to Associated Press.
The third protagonist – William M. Daley, a member of Dallas's political dynasty in Chicago – has earlier admitted defeat.
Ms. The 71-year-old proverb, a long-time politician who has often insisted on running for mayor, was expected to do well with the vote on Tuesday among 14 candidates. Ms Lightfoot's 56-year-old success, who had never been elected before, is much more surprising; she was less well-known in the political sphere of Chicago and much less money.
Her victory was also perceived as a reproach to Mr. Emanuel's mandate and to the old political history of Chicago. Mrs. Lightfoot tried to define her campaign as a rejection of machine policy and redirection to the struggle of Chicago, not just to its brilliant center.
[More on the issues at stake in Chicago’s election.] Ms. Lightfoot appeared at a supporters meeting late Tuesday, as if he noticed the people who had not expected her success. She applauded: "So what do you think of us now?" She added, "This, my friend, is what kind of change it looks like."
The historical nature of the runoff was not lost. supporters who gathered at a party on the other side of the city. The crowd applauded when Bridget Gener, a county commissioner, noted on the scene that the city of Chicago would have somehow an African-American woman later this year.
"Tonight I'm proud of my city," said Mrs. Gaynor. "Our whole country will be watching us and what we will do."
Lonel Safold, the secretary for recording a local unit of the International Union of Service Officers, said two black women in the runoff were broken. "A glass ceiling that Chicago probably would never understand." Mr. Safold said he had voted for Mrs. Prequincl, but that Mrs Lightfoot was his second choice.
The voices of the city were sprinkled widely in the vast field of 14 people. candidates who hoped to replace Mr Emanuel, who did not run for a third term. With 92% of the vote count, Mrs. Lightfut had the largest number of votes with about 17%. Mrs. Preckwinkle had 16%, and Mr Daley, who was well-funded and many of whom were expecting to easily make the run-off, came just under 15%. This was a glance at the election candidates on Tuesday, an unusually wide field ]
For months the Chicago campaign looked like a gathering of the most famous political figures – Former Head of State Schools
Among the most prominent voters were Ms. Previnkel and Mr Daley, the brother of the longest Mayor of the city (Richard M.) and son of the second longest mayor. (Richard J.). Richard M. Daley, who has been running Chicago for 22 years before Mr. Emanuel arrived in 2011, was sometimes known as "Mayor of Life," and some Chicagoers believe that the name of Daley would at least prevent the last Is he retiring.
On the Evening of the Twilight Silence: "I'm currently reviewing what's happened," she said. "In my heart, I believe that Bill is the man who leads this city."
Sam Scott, campaign chairman, said he felt that Mr Daley had been affected by negative ads in the last two weeks by his competitors.
But there was more to play. "Time has changed," he said. "In the last few elections we have seen, the younger people, the women, the colored people have taken something like a spotlight. For an older white gentleman it's harder to connect with some of the changes that people think they want. "
For weeks, the number of candidates seemed to have left some Chicago disgruntled – even in the last few hours who they would vote for. Some political strategists said they were wondering if this could discourage some people from voting at all in the election, which is technically non-partisan, even though Democrats are sure to win. Emmanuel resumed the political landscape of Chicago when he announced in September that he would not seek a third term. Mr. Emanuel, who was severely criticized for dealing with school closures, crimes and police, and faced political contenders, said then that the mayor's office " is a lifetime job, but it does not work after a lifetime. "Then many other candidates stepped forward.
Whoever gets the next mayor of this city of 2.7 million will face multiple complicated, sometimes interrelated, challenges at the same time. the city's pension system will require an additional $ 1 billion in revenue by the end of the new mayor's first term. Still, residents say they are tired of years of increasing bills and property taxes. Crime and violence in the gang remain a deep concern for many, even if the city fights with its long history of troubled relations between police and residents, especially in the black community.
Although tourism has flourished in the center, the development of Chicago has been flourishing and corporations have flown to the city, some neighborhoods on the south and west have been deinvestment, schools are closing, and people are moving away.
Tuesday, Jackie Ropski, a primary school marketing director, said she saw these elections as more important than some, with so many candidates to choose and at a key moment in Chicago's history.
"I think there is some weight in these particular elections," Mrs. Ropski said after the vote in the Irving Park neighborhood in the northwest. "I personally think that education stands out among all the questions, but anyone who is a mayor has to take a sophisticated approach. How do you solve poverty, crime, neighborhood tensions, education? This is complicated. "Alex Rubis, 33-year-old student and Uber's driver, said the biggest problem worrying him was the financial situation of Chicago and his retirement obligations. The next mayor, he said, had to get the city's finances to spread Chicago's credibility to the state of the city.
Ruis grew up just a few miles east of his current Irving Park neighborhood, but his family kept moving west all their lives while gentrification pushed them out. he said. "Unless we deal with financial matters, we will continue to drive the middle class out of town."
In Manny's restaurants, south of the center, Natalie Weso said she was willing to vote for Mr Daley. if she ever voted. 32-year-old Wasso, a fat-boy who lives in the southwest, said he trusts the Daley family, which has led the city for most of its childhood. Her grandmother has always voted for Denise in past elections.
"We never had a problem: this is the name we know in Chicago," said Mrs. Wasso. "He can contact us with ordinary people."
But Jewel Morris, 62, a retired probation officer, said he had voted for Ms Preckwinkle, although he considered her "less than two evils" than Mr Daley. "There is no Dallis, no shrubs, no dynasties," said Mr. Morris, who lives in the Middle East. "We do not need any of this."
Chicago in 2019 is better than when he was a child, he said. The architecture is unparalleled, the restaurants are world class and tourists come to the city of crowds. But inequality looks like Chicago from his youth.
"You're watching a tale of two cities," he said. "It is still the city of the neighborhoods and still a city of segregation.