On Tuesday, Chicago voters cast ballots for 15 city council runoff elections, in addition to runoffs for mayor and treasurer. Four of the 15 council runoffs were for open seats, and 11 featured incumbents seeking re-election.
At least three incumbent aldermen lost their re-election bids on Tuesday, adding to the three who lost outright in the general election on February 26. As of 10:45 a.m. CT, the races for the 5th, 33rd, and 46th wards were too close to call.
One incumbent who lost Tuesday night was 40th Ward Ald. Pat O’Connor, the second longest-serving member on the Chicago City Council. He was first elected in 1983. O’Connor lost to André Vasquez, who challenged O’Connor from the left. O’Connor campaigned as a progressive as well.
Ald. Toni Foulkes (16th) lost to Stephanie Coleman and Ald. Milagros Santiago (31st) was defeated by Felix Cardona Jr.
Forty-five of 50 city council members sought re-election in 2019. In 2015, 44 incumbents sought re-election and seven were defeated—an 84 percent re-election rate.