Sadlowski Garza Defeats 10th Ward Ald. Pope By 20 Votes in Final Count

Ald. John Pope was first elected in 1999 and did not face runoff races in the previous two elections

The results are finally in for perhaps the most contentious aldermanic race this election season.

Challenger Susan Sadlowski Garza defeated the incumbent Ald. John Pope by a mere 20 votes in the final count for the 10th ward race.

All votes, including the ones from absentee ballots, have been counted as of Tuesday. According to results from the Chicago Board of Elections, Sadlowski Garza received 5,825 votes to Garza's 5,805 in the final count.

The numbers will not be official until Thursday during the proclamation, but officials from the Chicago Board of Elections said they do not anticipate any changes in the counts between now and then.

Ald. Pope was first elected in 1999 and was a known ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's. He was not forced into a runoff in the previous two elections, but this time around the race was too close to call until now.

Sadlowski Garza, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union, received some help in the lead-up to the runoff election April 7 as she was endorsed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who also endorsed mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

The 10th ward covers parts of the Far Southeast Side, including South Chicago, East Side, South Deering, Calumet Heights and Hegewisch.

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