Race for 5th Ward Alderman

Race goes to runoff

Five-term Ald. Leslie Hairston is running for re-election in the 5th Ward, an area that includes all or parts of Hyde Park, South Shore, Greater Grand Crossing, Woodlawn and Jackson Park Highlands. She fended off a crowded field of challengers in 2015, avoiding a run-off. The area is slated to be the future home of the Obama Presidential Library, and accessibility, transparency and lack of economic development in Woodlawn are hot issues in the ward.

Hairston will square off against William Calloway, an activist who helped force the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video, and Gabriel Piemonte, the former editor of the Hyde Park Herald.


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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