WOODLAWN — In a race almost as crowded as the mayoral contest, two women have emerged as the frontrunners in the 20th Ward.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Jeanette B. Taylor had 29 percent of the vote and Nicole J. Johnson had 22 percent, meaning both women will appear on the ballot in the April 2 runoff.
Organizer Jeanette Taylor led the Dyett High School hunger strike and former teacher Nicole Johnson has worked as a manager at Teamwork Englewood and Chicago Votes
The two women — thinned from a crowd of nine — all hope to replace current Ald. Willie Cochran, who is awaiting trial on corruption chargesand is not seeking re-election.
“I’m excited, but sad about going up against another black woman,” Taylor said at her post-election party Tuesday night.
Taylor said she’d also be happy to work with most, but not all, of the other seven people who challenged her.
“With the exception of two people, everyone had great ideas to change the community and I’d be crazy not to use the wisdom already in my community,” she said.
Nicole Johnson said she was proud of the campaign she’s run so far, but said she’s ready for the next part of the fight.
“We did a thing today, we showed that if you have a dream, conviction, and persistence you can go far,” Johnson said. “I’m in it to win it, I poured so much of myself into this, there is no other option but to win.”
The 20th Ward includes all or parts of Washington Park, Woodlawn, West Englewood, Back of the Yards and Park Manor