Caroline Vickrey, the challenger in Chicago's 43rd Ward aldermanic race, has conceded to incumbent Ald. Michele Smith. Vickrey, a first-time candidate, was behind by 86 votes Tuesday after a substantial amount of the absentee ballots were counted.
"While there remain a number of provisional and possible absentee ballots to be counted, the number needed for our campaign to regain the lead simply is not there," Vickrey stated in an email. "We could drag this out for another week, demand a recount and file a formal challenge -- and many of you have urged me to do so -- but I do not believe this is in the best interest of our ward. For this reason, I am today ending my campaign for Alderman of the 43rd Ward."
Smith, who was backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, had a great deal more in campaign funds than Vickrey. In an email to supporters, Smith made note of future plans to work with Vickrey for the betterment of the ward.
"I'd like to thank Caroline Vickrey for her passion and hard work," Smith wrote. "She has been a committed community member for over twenty years, and she ran a strong campaign. We look forward to working with her for the betterment of our community."