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Ald. Emma Mitts Appears Headed to Victory in 37th Ward

By Kyla Gardner | April 7, 2015 10:08pm
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CHICAGO — Ald. Emma Mitts appears headed to victory in the 37th Ward.

With 40 of 41 precincts reporting at about 9:44 p.m., incumbent Mitts held 53 percent of the vote with 5,066 votes, and challenger Tara Stamps had 47 percent of the vote with 4,562 votes.

Mitts almost won the race outright on Feb. 24, but finished with just 49 percent of the vote, which sent her into a runoff with one of her three challengers, Stamps, who got 32 percent of the vote.


Mitts has represented the Austin and Garfield Park ward since she was appointed in 2000.

Stamps is the daughter of late Civil Rights activist Marion Stamps and is a CPS teacher and Chicago Teachers Union supporter, according to her website.

The runoff race was not without controversy.

Mitts apologized in March for an anti-gay remark caught on video, and Stamps called for a pro-Rahm Emanuel super-PAC to rescind its almost $50,000 donation to Mitts, the Sun-Times reported.

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