Today marks one week since the Chicago Municipal Elections. As ONE Northside we hosted an Aldermanic Candidates Forum in the 46th Ward, co-hosted a Mayoral Candidates Forum on affordable housing, sponsored an Aldermanic Candidates Forum in the 47th ward, and distributed candidate questionnaires from over 20 candidates in the 9 north side wards we work in. As a nonpartisan organization, these steps were integral in supporting an educated and engaged membership of active voters. We encourage all of our members to get out and value their vote!
Click here to find the results from the city elections: http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/SummaryReport.pdf
Many questions were raised when news came following the February 24th election that there would be a runoff election. This is because the Chicago Municipal Elections are a unique nonpartisan election. Rather than there being a primary election by party followed by a general election between parties (as most other elections are), Chicago candidates must garner 50%+1 vote to avoid a runoff election. If no candidate in a ward achieves over 50%+ 1 vote, the top two candidates face each other through 6 more weeks of campaign work toward the runoff election. This year April 7th, 2015 will mark the runoff election that will include the entire city for the mayoral seat and select wards for aldermanic seats.
This nonpartisan election practice began in 1995. Prior to 1995 aldermen were elected through nonpartisan elections, but the mayor was elected in the typical primary/general election format. The decision to shift the mayoral race to nonpartisanship dates back to the years following Mayor Harold Washington’s election. In the 1983 election, the city was divided around race and many long-time democrats shifted to support a republican mayoral candidate in the general elections to avoid electing Harold Washington who had won the primary election. Ultimately Washington won the general election. Read more here: http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/532.html