Voters In 20th Ward Place Ballots For New Alderman, Mayor

Bernie Tafoya
February 26, 2019 - 9:55 am

WBBM Newsradio/Bernie Tafoya

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Tuesday is the day voters get to do the talking in the form of casting ballots in Chicago. In the 20th Ward, there are nine candidates for alderman in addition to the 14 candidates for mayor.

In the 20th Ward, Alderman Willie Cochran is not running for re-election. He’s under federal indictment. 

Like the mayoral election, in which there are 14 candidates, if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote for alderman, there’ll be a run-off election April 2. 

One woman showed up at the Bessie Coleman Library Branch on 63rd and Evans in the Woodlawn neighborhood to vote and found out her polling place was ¾ of a mile away. Since she did not yet know which candidates she planned to vote for, the trip would give her extra time to think about her votes.

“I don’t know. I’ll find out when I get there,” she said.

Jackie Brown said voting for mayor was tough with 14 candidates.

“Honestly, I voted my gut and really just looking at the run-off. That’s really where my attention has been,” as he figured no candidate for mayor would win more than 50 percent of Tuesday’s vote.

Norm Anthony said voting for mayor was not too hard, despite there being 14 candidates.

“It was okay. I went with my heart. That’s it," he said.

The only reason Jeanette Taylor did not have a tough time picking a candidate for alderman is because she’s one of the candidates.

“I didn’t have to do my homework. I know that person pretty well. I think she rocks,” Taylor said.

Harry Newman said that for alderman, he went with the person he thought would serve the community best, but for mayor, “It’s a tough choice ‘cause there’s so many candidates, but I weighed the options and went with the person I thought was the best.”

More than 6,600 people voted in the aldermanic race in the 20th Ward four years ago, but a run-off was needed because none of the five candidates had received more than 50 percent of the vote. 

According to the Chicago Board of Election, nearly 1,800 people cast early ballots and 260 people have returned mail-in ballots already in the 20th Ward.