After weeks of contentious campaigning, voters in Chicago were having their say Tuesday in the race for mayor, and 19 races for alderman.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing off against challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, while 18 seats on the City Council are at stake, including in the 2nd Ward, where two candidates are vying to replace Ald. Bob Fioretti, who gave up his seat on the City Council to run for mayor, but came in 4th place in February.
Chicago election officials said they’re hopeful for good turnout for the runoff elections on Tuesday, with the contest for mayor and 18 aldermanic seats up for grabs.
Polls are open for early voting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through April 4 in all 50 wards. Early voting also will be available on Sunday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at every location.
Ald. Bernard Stone (50th) has represented the West Rogers Park neighborhood in the City Council for nearly four decades, but now, he is in the fight of his political life to keep his seat.
If you’re a city resident, and your alderman didn’t win a seat outright in the election last month, this is the last day to vote early for the runoff.
Election officials in Chicago and the suburbs say they are seeing encouraging numbers in the people participating in early voting now underway.
As many as 10 sitting Chicago aldermen appear headed into one-on-one runoff elections in April and four more open aldermanic races are headed towards runoffs between the top two contenders.