ALBANY PARK — It had looked to be one of the more hotly contested races in Tuesday's primary election, but when the ballots were counted, Jaime Andrade easily bested the field to earn the Democratic nomination for 40th District state representative.
According to results provided by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, Andrade captured 50.4 percent of the vote, with 2,840 ballots cast in his favor. His closest challenger, Nancy Schiavone, an attorney and 35th Ward Democratic committeeman, mustered 1,535 votes, good for 27.2 percent of the total.
Trailing were Aaron Goldstein, 601 votes; Wendy Jo Harmston, 367 votes; and Mark Pasieka, 293 votes.
The lack of an incumbent attracted an unusually large slate of candidates in the 40th District primary.
Deb Mell vacated the seat she'd held since 2009 when she was named 33rd Ward alderman in July, succeeding her father, Dick Mell. Andrade was appointed 40th District rep in August and now appears poised to win the job outright.
A longtime aide to the elder Mell, Andrade dominated in the 33rd Ward, earning 1,447 votes compared with 542 for Schiavone.
The general election is set for Nov. 4.