Progressive Democrat and Cook County commissioner Brandon Johnson was elected Chicago mayor on Tuesday evening after defeating reasonable Paul Vallas in a runoff election.
The Associated Press referred to as the tight race for Johnson because the leftist held a slender lead of slightly below 16,000 votes within the hotly contested race that targeted on surging crime within the Windy City.
“It’s clear based mostly on the outcomes tonight our metropolis is split,” Vallas advised supporters round 9:30 p.m. in a concession speech.
He stated he referred to as Johnson and advised him he “completely expects” him to be the following mayor of Chicago.
Johnson, a former teacher and union organizer, and Vallas confronted off within the runoff after Lori Lightfoot turned Chicago’s first incumbent mayor in 40 years to lose re-election.
The election went to a runoff after not one of the 9 candidates acquired at the least 50 p.c of the vote, with Vallas and Johnson main the pack.
Vallas, former Chicago Public Schools CEO, campaigned as a center-leaning Democrat, with guarantees to be more durable on crime — profitable him an endorsement from the Chicago police union.
He was endorsed by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin in addition to former Education Secretary Arne Duncan — Vallas’ predecessor at CPS. Former Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush, who co-founded Illinois’ chapter of the Black Panther Party within the Sixties.
Johnson, in the meantime, was backed by the Chicago teacher’s union and a number of other progressive members of congress, together with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and “Squad” member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).
The dividing concern within the race has been their differing stances on crime.
During his marketing campaign, Vallas referred to as out Lightfoot for allowing an “utter breakdown of legislation and order” on her watch and pledged to completely fund metropolis police departments, if elected.
Johnson supported the “defund the police” motion in 2020 and has urged additional spending on workforce improvement, housing, transportation and colleges.
Lightfoot had embraced calls to defund legislation enforcement within the wake of George Floyd’s killing, slicing round $58 million from Chicago’s police funds in 2021.
Chicago has been suffering from its highest murder charges in a quarter-century, with 695 recorded murders in 2022 and 804 recorded murders in 2021.
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