LINCOLN SQUARE — Longtime Ald. Pat O’Connor and candidate Andre Vasquez are heading to an April 2 runoff in the 40th Ward race.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, O’Connor landed 33.5 percent of the vote and Vasquez landed 19.8 percent of the vote, according to the Chicago Board of Elections.
Three other challengers failed to advance to the runoff: Dianne Daleiden with 17.3 percent of the vote, Maggie O’Keefe with 15.3 percent and Ugo Okere with 14.1 percent.
To avoid a runoff, O’Connor needed to get 50 percent or more of the vote.
Reached Tuesday night, Vasquez credited his campaign manager, Jessica Peters, with getting him to the runoff. The fact that O’Connor, a longtime alderman, is heading to runoff shows voters are displeased and want to “topple a machine politician,” Vasquez said.
O’Connor has been the 40th Ward’s alderman since 1983, when he was first elected at the age of 28. He’s served as the unofficial City Council floor leader for Mayor Richard M. Daley and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and has continued to work as a private tax attorney during his three-plus decades in office.
The 40th Ward includes parts of Lincoln Square, Bowmanville, West Ridge, Edgewater and West Andersonville.
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