Accepting the 55% vote from the citizens of Chicago, as 93% of the votes had been counted, Rahm Emanual soared easily to victory this Tuesday evening in his run for Mayor of Chicago. He appears to be feeling at ease in what he called “The Windy City” following his time in the nation’s capital. “You sure know how to make a guy feel at home!” he said.
The initial thrust of his acceptance speech hinged on the concept that we Chicagoans can “overcome our differences.” Like many cities, Chicago does indeed have some differences; perhaps some economic issues, perhaps some racial issues. Although speaking to a gathering of Democrats, maybe his intent was to address and overcome political differences.
Emanuel called Chicago “the warmest city in the world” as well as “the Windy City,” bringing forth some light laughter as he referred to his having visited, during the campaign, some 100-plus elevated train platforms, often in frigid and snowy weather.
Mayor-elect Emanuel declared that it needs to be that “a kid can go to school thinking of his studies, not his safety.” He says the streets must be safer, and that not another child’s name should ever be seen on a memorial after being killed by gun violence.
In mayoral elections in Chicago, if no candidate accumulates votes equaling 50% of ballots cast, plus one, there will be a runoff. Because of the 55% majority, there will be no runoff.
Emanuel is the former White House Chief of Staff, having left Washington D.C. to run for the mayoralty. During his victory speech, the mayor-elect mentioned that he had just talked to President Obama who sent “love and affection for his [the President's] home town.”
The victory was finalized just after 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, the polls having closed at 7:30 p.m. The mayor-elect showed some tearfulness as he introduced his wife Amy, and grinned as he introduced the couple’s three children, Zacharias, Ilana, and Leah.