The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners officially declared Ald. Chris Taliaferro the winner in the 29th Ward after a close runoff with CB Johnson. Members of the new 15th and 25th Police District Councils will officially begin their roles on Tuesday.
For the first time since the Feb. 28th election, incumbent Ald. Chris Taliaferro fell below the required 50.1% needed to win another four-year term on the Chicago City Council. An April 4th runoff seems likely.
Candidates wanting to represent residents of the 29th and 37th wards in the Chicago City Council began filing their petitions Monday, and so did residents seeking a seat on the new Police District Council. Candidates have until Nov. 28 to file petitions with the Chicago Board of Elections.
Advocates continue to push for more civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department. Panlists discussed a proposed ordinance before the Chicago City Council that would take power from the mayor’s office and give it to a civilian-led commission.
Residents in the 29th Ward will have three candidates to choose from when early voting begins this week. First-term Ald. Chris Taliaferro is being challenged by Dwayne Truss and Zerlina A. Smith. A fourth candidate was knocked off the Feb. 26th ballot.