There were 14 Chicago aldermanic races where no candidate received 50 percent of the vote yesterday, meaning that 28 people will continue campaigning through April 5 in hopes of gaining a City Council seat. Nearly 30 percent of the council, in other words, is still at play. The number of run-off elections still going on is up from the last municipal campaign cycle in Chicago, which saw 12 races go to a second round.
Ten of the candidates in run-off elections are incumbents, including Danny Solis in the 25th Ward, who is up against Cuahutemoc Morfin, and 50th Ward Ald. Bernard Stone, who is matching up with Debra Silverstein, the wife of State Sen. Ira Silverstein.
(Full disclosure: Silverstein was endorsed by SEIU, whose state council, sponsors this website. The council also backed a number of winners last night, like Alds. Robert Fioretti (3rd) and Scott Waguespack (32nd), and newly-elected Will Burns (4th), as well as defeated candidates, like 47th Ward candidate Tom O'Donnell and Jesse Iniguez in the 12th, and candidates like Ald. Toni Foulkes (15th) who are now in run-offs. The full list of SEIU's endorsements, as well as other groups, can be found here.)
Some other notable run-off elections include:
One surprise win of the aldermanic races came in the 47th Ward, where Ameya Pawar became the first Asian American city councilman with 50.9 percent of the vote. Some familiar faces will remain on the city council as well, including Alds. Pat Dowell (3rd), Sandi Jackson (7th), and George Cardenas (12th).
For more on the remaining ward races, check out our 2011 Chicago Aldermanic Run Offs Tracker here.