Brandon Johnson Elected Chicago Mayor, Turning Back Tough-on-Crime Opponent

New York Times

By Mitch Smith
Brandon Johnson took to the stage after his election in Chicago. “Now Chicago will begin to work for its people, all the people,” said Mr. Johnson, who had worked as a social studies teacher. Credit...Evan Cobb for The New York Times

Brandon Johnson, a county commissioner and teachers’ union organizer who called for a vast expansion of social programs in Chicago, as well as new taxes, was elected mayor of the country’s third-largest city on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

Mr. Johnson’s victory over Paul Vallas, a fellow Democrat with far more conservative views on crime and education, revealed voters rejecting the tough-on-crime politics that have become a staple of municipal elections in recent years and instead embracing a decidedly progressive vision for a city still working to emerge from a pandemic malaise.

Publish : 2023-04-05 18:12:00

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