The people of Chicago have rebuked Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot in today’s mayoral election.
Lightfoot failed to win reelection as her two challengers will now advance to a runoff.
According to CBS News, the mayor has been dealt a historical loss in her reelection bid.
Lightfoot is the first mayor in forty years to lose reelection.
Voters have been tired of the soaring violent crime in Chicago under Lightfoot’s leadership, a problem that became a key issue for the election.
However, Lightfoot has tried to gaslight voters rather than offer solutions for the soaring crime rates.
Lightfoot just completed the race in third place, failing to make a top-two runoff.
Multiple media outlets have now projected Lightfoot’s loss.
Retiring Ald. Howard Brookins commented on Lightfoot’s time in office, saying she was impossible to work with.
“It was hard to be her friend when she thought you were the enemy,” Brookins said.
“The world is very different than it was four years ago,” Lightfoot said earlier.
“I believe that I’m still the right person and I think the voters will validate that, but we’ve been through a lot.
“We can’t go back.”
However, as the results started to pour in, and Lightfoot was looking like she was headed for a major defeat, she tried to pull the “woman of color” card in a desperate last-ditch move., as Slay News reported.
“I remember Rahm Emanuel appearing on the cover of Time magazine, the headline was basically like: ‘Tough guy for Chicago,’” Lightfoot said.
“No woman or woman of color is ever going to get that headline.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivering concession speech: “Obviously, we didn’t win the election today, but I stand here with my head held high.”
— Natasha Korecki (@natashakorecki) March 1, 2023
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fails to win reelection as two challengers advance to a runoff, AP reports. https://t.co/d36wCXZbXM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 1, 2023
Lightfoot’s challenger Paul Vallas has received the most votes and has the backing of the city’s police.
His bio states:
Paul served the Illinois state legislature for ten years, first as an advisor to the Education and Appropriation and Revenue Committees, then as the Director of the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission, which is Illinois’ legislative economic forecasting and research arm. He developed a strong working relationship with groundbreaking State Senator Dawn Clark Netsch, who became a mentor and friend for many years. During his tenure he was involved in helping resolve numerous financial challenges and state economic development financing issues.
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley recruited Paul in 1990 to reform the scandal-ridden Department of Revenue and to revamp the City’s tax and fees system. When promoted to Budget Director, Paul ended the City’s recurring budget crisis, while simultaneously allocating funding to put an additional 1,500 police on the streets. He financed the largest infrastructure investment program since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, including resurfacing 70-percent, or 38,000 miles, of Chicago’s streets and roads.
In 1995, Mayor Daley took control over the financially bankrupt and academically failing Chicago Public Schools and appointed Paul as the nation’s first public school district CEO. As CEO, Paul closed a projected five-year $1.3 billion budget deficit, balanced six consecutive budgets, instituted the largest school construction plan in the nation’s history ($3 billion), improved test scores each year, created 15 International Baccalaureate Academies and opened the nation’s first public High School Military Academies. He left the district with labor peace with no teacher strikes, fully funded pensions, $1.2 billion in cash reserves, and unprecedented bond rating upgrades – twelve during his tenure.