Ald. James Cappleman is headed to a runoff election against a scientist in the 46th Ward on Chicago's North Side.
Cappleman won 44.1 percent of the vote against five other candidates, with Marianne Lalonde coming in second with 18.1 percent, sending them both to the April runoff.
Cappleman is a former social worker who was first elected in 2011 and touts his work on developments in the ward, including the renovation of the CTA's Wilson Station, the rehabilitation of the Uptown Theatre and the introduction of new businesses.
Lalonde is a scientific research consultant with a Ph.D in chemistry who has worked on Capitol Hill and has lived in Uptown for three years. Running to Cappleman's left, she boasts a long resume of community involvement, as a member of the Clarendon Park Advisory Council and president of the Lakeside Area Neighbors Association, among other groups.
As is the case in several other races, perhaps the biggest issue in the 46th Ward is affordable housing. Cappleman has come under fire for the eviction of dozens of homeless people from Uptown's "tent city" under the Wilson Avenue viaduct in 2017, and drawn ire from critics who say he has not fought to keep single room occupancy buildings for low-income residents in the ward, or pushed for affordable units as a requirement for new housing developments.
Now seeking his third term in office, Cappleman was previously forced to a runoff election in 2015 and prevailed with 53.7 percent of the vote. The 46th Ward includes parts of the Uptown, Buena Park and Lake View East neighborhoods.