ROGERS PARK — Ald. Joe Moore has won reelection in the 49th Ward.
Moore said he expected the win.
"I feel very gratified," said the alderman of 24 years. "I'm looking forward to another four years of progress."
Moore's lone challenger, Don Gordon, conceded the race Tuesday night.
"It looks like Joe has put it in the can again," said Gordon, who ran against Moore in 2007, forcing a tight runoff.
All precincts reported by 10 p.m. Moore garnered 5,566 votes (66.4 percent) to Gordon's 2,814 (33.6 percent).
Gordon commended his campaign staff for their hard work over the past year.
"They worked for a person they believed in," he said. I'm the only one who lost tonight. All of them should be applauded for their civic engagement."
Moore and Gordon faced off in 2007. Moore won by 251 votes in a runoff.
This election, one of Moore's supporters filed successful challenges against four other prospective candidates, getting them all tossed off the ballot. The move could have saved Moore from a runoff.
At the polls this election, voters voiced support for both candidates.
"I like Ald. Moore; he's done a lot for the neighborhood," said Margaret Youse, 64, who cast her ballot at Gale Math and Science Academy Tuesday.
Youse, a Rogers Park resident of 15 years, praised Moore for helping to bring Jewel-Osco to the neighborhood after Dominick's left.
Rogers Park resident Sherry Davis said she proudly exercised her right to vote, but didn't foresee any change in leadership.
"I already know who's gonna win. Rahm's gonna win, Joe Moore's gonna win. I'm cynical," said the 50-year-old, referring to the incumbents.
Davis cast her vote along with a steady stream of voters as the sun set on a Morse Avenue polling place.
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