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Who Will Succeed Ameya Pawar? Matt Martin And Michael Negron Head To Runoff In 47th Ward

Pawar announced he would be sticking to his self-imposed two-term limit as an alderman and run for city treasurer, where he'll face a runoff.

Matt Martin (left) and Michael Negron will face off for the 47th Ward seat.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — In the race to succeed outgoing Ald. Ameya Pawar, there will need to be a second round.

With 97 percent of the precincts in, candidates Matt Martin and Michael Negron will face off in the April 2 runoff election in the 47th Ward. Martin held 39.41 percent of the vote and was followed by Negron with 21.08 percent.

“It’s a great place to start the next few weeks,” Martin said at his campaign party at O’Donovan’s, 2100 W. Irving Park Road.

Martin was able to maintain a lead among the nine candidates running for alderman but wasn’t able to break the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.


Negron said getting to the runoff was hard won because this race had “a ton of good candidates.”

Negron thanked people as they left his campaign party at Monty Gaels Tavern & Grill, 4356 N. Leavitt St., and said he expects a higher voter turnout in the runoff because voters will be able to focus on two and not nine candidates.

Eileen Dordek, Jeff Jenkins, Gus Katsafaros, Heather Way Kitzes, Kimball Ladien, Angie Maloney and Thomas Schwartzers did not make the runoff.

Pawar was first elected to City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. After a failed run for governor, he announced he would be sticking to his self-imposed two-term limit as an alderman and instead run for city treasurer. He appears to be locked in a runoff himself for treasurer with Melissa Conyears-Ervin.

The 47th Ward includes all or parts of North Center, Lincoln Square, Lakeview and Uptown.

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