Incumbent Ald. Howard Brookins, first elected alderman in 2003, narrowly held onto his seat in 2015 — he garnered about 200 votes over his challenger. His chief of staff pleaded guilty to bribing an undercover informant the prior year. The 21st Ward includes parts of Auburn Gresham and Washington Heights, where voters share economic development, education and public safety concerns.
Brookins faces three challengers: Marvin McNeil, a former city zoning code inspector; Patricia A. Foster; and Ziegler Insurance Agency CEO Joseph Ziegler, who has served as executive director of the Community Action Network (CAN). All three candidates ran against Brookins in 2015.
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.
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