Race for 20th Ward Alderman

Race goes to runoff

As sitting Ald. Willie Cochran readies for his corruption trial, a whopping nine candidates are running to replace him. The 20th Ward includes all or parts of Washington Park, Woodlawn, West Englewood, Back of the Yards and Park Manor. Affordable housing, economic development, education, public safety and how the Obama Presidential Library will impact the South Side ward are top issues.

The nine candidates are: Nicole J. Johnson, who has worked as a manager at Teamwork Englewood and Chicago Votes; Jeanette Taylor, who led the Dyett High School hunger strike; Maya Hodari, director of development at the Chicago Housing Authority and co-founder Woodlawn Neighbors Association; Jennifer Maddox, who works in community affairs with the Chicago Police; entrepreneur Andre Smith; pastor Dernard Newell; attorney Quandra Speights; civil engineer Kevin Bailey; and Anthony Driver, who has worked with the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement.


To win, candidates must receive more than 50 percent of the vote. If no candidate reaches that threshold, the top two candidates will advance to a run off on April 2.

Percentages are based on the available ballots tallied by the Chicago Board of Elections. Percentages listed do not indicate a winner until all ballots are counted.

Source: Chicago Board of Elections. Results are unofficial until certified on March 13.

Last updated: Mar 15, 2019 12:50 PM

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