Mayor Richard J. Daley's grandson snagged one of three Metropolitan Water Reclamation District spots in Tuesday's primary, but not by much.
Patrick Daley Thompson scooped up 18 percent of the vote, helping to knock out competitors Patricia Young, Patricia Horton and Stella B. Black. Young followed relatively close behind with about 30,000 fewer votes.
Daley Thompson, nephew of Richard M. Daley, joins Debra Shore, who picked up 21 percent in the six-way race, and Kari K. Steele, who won 20 percent.
Thompson told the Sun-Times shortly after he announced his bid that he wants to use the position to clean up the water. He said at the time he's not even sure he'll use Daley, his middle name, in his bid.
The attorney did use the locally famous name, and though he's starting his political career fairly small, there's no shortage in rumor about his Chicago future.
Daley Thompson, Shore and Steele were all backed by Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios, Secretary of State Jesse White and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Thompson had even more big-name support thanks to endorsements by House Speaker Michael Madigan, Ald. Ed Burke and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.