Chicago elections on Tuesday: Third-largest city votes for mayor, city council and more

On Tuesday, Chicago voters will cast ballots for mayor, city treasurer, city clerk, and all 50 seats on the city council. Any race in which no candidate receives a majority of the vote will go to a runoff on April 2. The elections are nonpartisan.
 
Fourteen candidates are running for mayor. Incumbent Rahm Emanuel announced in September 2018 that he would not seek re-election, leaving the race open. In recent polls, no candidate received more than 15 percent support, and undecided voters made up the plurality.
 
In the city council races, 45 incumbents are seeking re-election. All but five are facing challengers on Tuesday.
 
Three candidates are running in the open city treasurer race. Incumbent city clerk Anna Valencia is unopposed in the clerk election.
 
A number of issues have shaped the elections in the nation’s third-largest city, including the city’s pension system shortfalls, crime rates, policies around K-12 school performance and under-enrollment, economic and racial divisions, policing, affordable housing, and government ethics.
 
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