Race for City Mayor

Race goes to runoff

The mayor of Chicago is the most powerful elected position in Chicago government, tasked with managing the city's annual budget; appointment of the leadership of sister agencies like the Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Public Schools, and the Chicago Transit Authority; department commissioners or directors including of the Chicago Police Department, the Department of Planning and Development; and over 100 boards and commissions. The mayor presides over the City Council of Chicago but is not a voting member. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2018 announcement that he would not run for re-election created one of the most unique and open electoral cycles in Chicago’s history free from an anointed successor.

14 candidates with a broad range of experience face off in February, almost guaranteeing an April runoff between the two candidates who can manage reaching first or second place.


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 12:51 PM

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