Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson advanced Tuesday to a runoff election as they seek to become the Windy City’s next mayor, putting an end to incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s one-term tenure leading the city amid an unprecedented crime wave.
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Vallas — a Chicago native who previously ran for mayor of the city in 2019 and ultimately endorsed Lightfoot after placing ninth out of 14 candidates that cycle — came in first in Tuesday’s vote for Chicago mayor, garnering more than 170,000 votes.
Backed by the Fraternal Order of Police, a nationwide organization representing thousands of sworn law enforcement officers across the U.S., Vallas made the issue of crime in Chicago a central focus of his campaign.
“Mayor Vallas will ensure that criminals are held accountable so that the city is safe again,” Vallas’ campaign website states. “Residents in ALL neighborhoods will feel safe. Suburbanites and tourists will no longer fear traveling downtown.”
During his victory speech Tuesday, Vallas, who has repeatedly said he will take action on issues surrounding the crime wave throughout in the Windy City, vowed to make Chicago the “safest city in America.”
“Public safety is the fundamental right of every American. It is a civil right. And it is the principle responsibility of government, and we will have a safe Chicago,” Vallas told his supporters. “We will make Chicago the safest city in America.”
Vallas also touted his support for gay marriage and protections for abortion — two major political issues in Chicago.
Other priorities in Vallas’ campaign include education, which his website says he will treat as the “civil rights issue that it is,” and balancing the city’s budget.
Johnson, whose career began as a public school teacher at Jenner Academy located in Chicago’s Near North Side, came in second place in Tuesday’s round of voting for mayor, trailing Vallas by nearly 70,000 votes.
With the support of multiple teachers unions, voter support for Johnson outweighed that received by Lightfoot, who trailed Johnson’s more than 103,000 votes by a little more than 16,000 votes early Wednesday morning.
H/T Fox News (read more at FoxNews.com)
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