EAST SIDE — Police officer Peter Chico and labor organizer Ana Guajardo are heading to a runoff in April after no candidate in the race to replace retiring Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th) received a majority of the vote.
With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Chico held 41 percent of the vote to Guajardo’s 26.6 percent. The two will face off again in April to determine who takes over for Sadlowski Garza, who announced in September she would not seek a third term.
Óscar Sanchez was in third with 18 percent of the votes, Jessica A. Venegas was in fourth with 11 percent and Yessenia Carreón was fifth with 3 percent, according to the unofficial results.
The 10th Ward covers East Side and Hegewisch and parts of South Chicago, South Deering and Riverdale.
Chico is a police officer working in the South Chicago (4th) Police District. He’s also a Hegewisch resident and a community representative on George Washington High School’s local school council.
Chico has campaigned on a platform centering economic development, an increased police presence, increased funding for education and a streamlining of city services. He promised at a January forum he would push to keep schools and school programming open in the evenings and on the weekends if elected.
Guajardo announced her City Council bid in September with the backing of Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García. A co-founder of the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos in East Side, which advocates for immigrant workers’ rights, Guajardo received Sadlowski Garza’s endorsement as well.
The South Deering resident has called for community-owned business and housing developments, a minimum wage increase, equal funding for Chicago schools, upgraded infrastructure and environmental and social justice during the campaign.
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