NORTH LAWNDALE — Michael Scott Jr. has won the 24th Ward aldermanic seat in Tuesday's runoff election.
With 97.6 percent of the vote recorded, Scott, a Chicago Park District manager, had 67 percent of the vote. Vetress Boyce, a general contractor and second-time candidate, had 33 percent.
Celebrating with supporters at The Bar 10 Doors in Little Italy Tuesday night, Scott said the last year has brought a number of changes into his life — a new wife, a new baby and now, a new job.
"There are so many people who have helped with this campaign, there are so many people who have called and issued a kind word, sent me something on Facebook, given me a hug when I was down," Scott said, with his wife Natashee Scott at his side. "This has not been an easy process... it is very humbling — very humbling — running for public office."
Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) was among the first congratulate Scott on his win.
Scott is the son of former Chicago Board of Education President Michael Scott Sr., an ally of former Mayor Richard Daley who died in 2009.
Scott and Boyce landed in the runoff after 10 contenders split the vote for the open seat in February.
In the municipal general election, Scott was also the frontrunner, securing 30 percent of the vote. Boyce received 17 percent of the vote.
On her Facebook page Tuesday night, Boyce thanked her campaign volunteers and congratulated Scott.
:Looking forward to working with you in building the 24th Ward to make it a proud place to live and work for all man kind especially our children," she wrote.
In December, incumbent Ald. Michael Chandler announced he would not run for a fifth term. He served three terms, but was beaten by Sharon Dixon in 2007. In 2011, facing a crowd of 18 candidates, Chandler won his seat back, ultimately defeating Dixon in a runoff.
The 24th Ward includes parts of North Lawndale, West Garfield Park and South Austin.
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