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ELECTIONS 2019 RUNOFFS. LGBT candidates in tight aldermanic races (UPDATE)
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-04-02

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The LGBT members of the Chicago City Council who were in the April 2 runoffs were involved in some very tight races, as opposed to Lori Lightfoot's historic win. ( Lightfoot actually carried every ward in the city in defeating Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. )

—15th Ward: With all precincts reporting, out Ald. Raymond Lopez retained his seat, having secured 59.5 percent of the votes, as opposed to challenger Rafael Yanez's 40.5 percent.

—33rd Ward: Lesbian incumbent Deb Mell was locked in a very tight battle with Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez. With all 28 precincts reporting, Rodriguez Sanchez held a razor-thin lead (50.1 percent versus Mell's 49.9 percent). However, the final result may not be known for a couple days, as absentee ballots are also being counted. (Windy City Times will update when the final results are known.)

—46th Ward: Gay incumbent James Cappleman was also in a tight race with Marianne Lalonde but is in the lead, with Cappleman garnering 50.1 percent of the vote to his challenger's 49.9 percent.


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