The votes were cast and the results are in. I am honored to have received two-thirds (66%) of the votes cast in yesterday’s aldermanic election. I appreciate the confidence you have vested in me, and will continue to work hard to earn your support.
Elections are about accountability. They are an opportunity for the voters to hold their elected officials’ feet to the fire. I appreciated the opportunity to defend my record and offer my vision for the future of our wonderful neighborhood. As I said throughout the campaign, our neighborhood is stronger working together, and though we may occasionally disagree on the means to achieve our goal for a better Rogers Park, we should never let those disagreements become personal and irreconcilable.
I congratulate Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on making it to the second round in the mayoral election. The 49th Ward voters were split down the middle between Mayor Emanuel and Commissioner Garcia, with each receiving 44% of the vote in the ward.
Whomever is elected Mayor in April will lead a city faced with monumental challenges for which there are no easy solutions. The two candidates must avoid platitudes and level with the voters about the painful choices that must be made. Our city is also stronger working together, and I will work with whomever is the next Mayor to take on these challenges and make sure that Chicago becomes a city that works for everyone.
After taking the day off today, my staff and I will be back tomorrow working tirelessly for you and the neighborhood and city we love.
Thank you for honoring me with another four years.