Chicago City Council Veteran Patrick O'Connor Ousted

Other incumbents appeared to hang onto their aldermanic seats

Bob Roberts
April 02, 2019 - 9:54 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Longtime Chicago Ald. Patrick J. O'Connor was ousted Tuesday by challenger Andre Vasquez, while other incumbents in contested races managed to hang onto their City Council seats.

With 100 percent of precincts counted, Vasquez had 54 percent of the vote (7,265), sending O'Connor -- an ally of incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel -- packing.

There were 15 contested races in city wards Tuesday. 

Some of O'Connor's colleagues fared better. Leslie Hairston (5th); Ray Lopez (15th); Howard Brookins Jr. (21st); Michele Smith (43rd) and James Cappleman (46th) appeared to hang onto their aldermanic seats. Cappleman edged his opponent by a mere 23 votes, according to preliminary vote totals from the city's Election Commission. 

Three other incumbents, like O'Connor, lost their bids for re-election, based on preliminary election results: Toni L. Foulkes (16th), Milly Santiago (31st) and Deborah Mell (33rd).

Other ward races featured newcomers vying against each other.

For a complete breakdown, go to the Board of Election Commissioners' website.