Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Face Jesus Garcia in April Run-Off

In a five-candidate election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not get enough votes for a second term. The next competitor, Jesus Garcia took 33.9% of the vote while Emanuel took 45.4%.

Emanuel was only a couple thousand votes away from an outright win.

Many consider this to be a huge blow to Mayor Emanuel with his greater resources and recognition. His opponents have been repeatedly accusing him of a "Pay-to-Play" Administration, often referring to him as "Mayor 1 Percent." 

His opponent in the runoff, Jesus Garcia, raised about $1.4million for his entire campaign. Emanuel raised more than $16 million, much of which went to more than 4,600 television ads.

Just last week, the Chicago mayor received a full endorsement from President Obama. But Emanuel, who was Obama’s first chief of staff, has had a rocky term as mayor of Chicago. He has faced great pushback from the Chicago Teacher's Union, who endorsed Garcia in this election. 

The April 7th runoff election, the first runoff mayoral campaign in Chicago, will force candidates to face greater scrutiny on key issues, including city violence and public education.

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