CHICAGO — The Latest on the Chicago mayoral election (all times local):
Chicago residents are facing a lot of choices as they head to the polls to cast ballots for the city’s next mayor.
Voters are choosing from a field of 14 candidates who are all promising to steer the city in a new direction if they’re elected to succeed retiring Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The candidates include community activists, businessmen, former prosecutors and veteran politicians, including two whose fathers also held elective office.
Polls opened across the city early Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m. Polling sites include a beauty salon, DePaul University’s Athletic Training Center and park district facilities.
Voter Diana Sandoval tells the Chicago Tribune that she lined up before 6:45 a.m. to “make sure my voice counts, hopefully.”
If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.
Voters are getting a chance to pick Chicago’s next mayor from a field of 14 candidates promising to steer the city in a new direction.
Those looking to succeed retiring Mayor Rahm Emanuel include veteran politicians – a couple whose fathers also held elective office – businessmen, former prosecutors and community activists.
It’s likely Tuesday’s vote will lead to a runoff. If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.
The variety of candidates reflects the many issues facing Chicago’s next mayor: poor neighborhoods in need of investment, overwhelming pension debt, low-performing public schools and a crime rate that is often pointed to as among the nation’s worst.
Although a nonpartisan election, most of the candidates have links to the Democratic Party. The Republican Party has virtually disappeared from the city.