AP: Brandon Johnson wins Chicago mayoral election
Winning 51% of the vote, Cook County Commissioner and Chicago Teacher Union lobbyist Brandon Johnson defeated Paul Vallas in the April 4 mayoral runoff, according to news outlets. Paul Vallas concedes.
Cook County Commissioner and Chicago Teachers Union lobbyist Brandon Johnson has been elected Chicago’s 57th mayor, according to The Associated Press.
Johnson won 51% of the vote with 99% of precincts reporting as of 9:45 p.m. April 4, according to the news wire service.
One of the issues that divided Johnson and opponent Paul Vallas was their views on the Invest in Kids Act, which allows low-income students to attend a school of their choice.
Vallas supports school choice. Both Johnson and the CTU have made it a target. They have tried killing the Invest in Kids Act and limiting charter schools in the city. The act is supported by 65% of Chicago residents, according to a poll conducted by Echelon Insights and the Illinois Policy Institute.
“I called Brandon Johnson. And told him that I absolutely expect him to be the next mayor of Chicago,” Vallas told supporters Tuesday night.
Johnson has been legislative coordinator for the Chicago Teachers Union, a role that does not offer taxpayers much solace with the new union contract coming up, an elected school board being phased in with the mayor’s guidance and the end of a moratorium on school closings about to expire.
Teachers unions donated about $5.6 million to Johnson, which drew the ire of some CTU members. They are suing CTU for violating its rules and taking their dues to bolster Johnson’s campaign.
Johnson promised to raise an additional $800 million for the city through tax hikes.