Election Day 2019: Chicago History Will Be Made Today

Courtesy of Erik Hersman

One thing we know for sure, today will mark the election of the first African American woman in Chicago history.

Rogers Park and Edgewater will play an important role, with high turnout expected in both politically active neighborhoods. While Lightfoot won both the 48th and 49th wards in the primary, Preckwinkle finished a close second in both.

Both candidates have strong progressive credentials. And both have a list of professional achievements. Our own Gillian Cookerly-Dietrich offered a nice analysis of where both candidates might look for support.

The Chicago Tribune offered a helpful way to evaluate their positions on the issues. You can read it here.

And if, by chance, if you are someone not happy with either of your choices this election, at least consider the historical significance. Tomorrow morning there will be young girls waking up all over the city who will, for the first time, look at the Mayor of Chicago and think: “She looks like me. I can do that too.”

Turnout was light in the primary election. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen today. Please go out and vote.


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