Major Development: Voters In Chicago Are Celebrating Following Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Defeat In Mayoral Election

Credit: Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago voters made their voices heard, loud and clear. They overwhelmingly rejected Mayor Lori Lightfoot for re-election. Many critics cited crime as a key issue for not re-electing her.

Chicago resident Diana Dejacimo was robbed at gunpoint back in December. She said after the horrible incident she experienced, she didn’t;t know a single person who voted for Lightfoot as violence continues to grow in the streets of Chicago.

“I believe that people have just had enough,” Dejacimo said during “Fox & Friends First” on Wednesday.

“My message has been go out and change. Regime change is the only way we’re going to fix this, and I think this was a loud and clear message that this woke agenda is not working for Chicago.”

During Lightfoot’s time in office, murders spiked to the highest levels in 25 years. Chicago surpassed urban cities like Los Angeles and New York City.

The city has not only experienced a historic surge in violence but has also faced unprecedented staff shortages in the police department.

The surge in crime was a huge motivator for Dejacimo personally, after her “terrifying” robbery. It was all caught on surveillance video during the day in the wealthy neighborhood of Lincoln Park.

“I do not know a single person who voted for Lightfoot, especially after I got mugged in… one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city,” Dejacimo said. “And people were looking at this happening at 11 o’clock in the morning, and they’re voting. Something has to change.”

The Chicago mayoral race is now headed to a runoff election since no candidate received the 50% voting threshold.

Lightfoot will not be on the ballot this time. She only came in third place, with just 17% of the vote.

Chicago Public Schools CEO and city budget director Paul Vallas received the highest percentage, with 33.8% of the vote.

Member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Brandon Johnson followed Vallas’ lead with 20.3% of the vote. As a result, the two will now go head-to-head in a runoff on April 4.

“We have two very different approaches now of the two guys that are having the runoff,” Dejacimo said. “One is very much police protection and support the police and the other one is more of a defund the police and self rule. So we’ll see how it turns out, but I’m glad the city spoke out and said no more Lori Lightfoot.”

Vallas is known as the pro-law enforcement in recent months, calling out the surge in crime under Lightfoot’s watch.

Johnson has been endorsed by progressive groups like the Chicago Teachers Union and is seen as a far-left candidate.

Sam Sanches, a Chicago business owner, talked about the city’s crime wave and the impact it has on small businesses. He suggested a reversal of the violent crime trend would help businesses to want to invest there.

“We’re looking for businesses to come back,” Sanchez told Todd Piro on Wednesday. “We’re headed in the right direction… the idea of coming to the city and being afraid should not be the reason you don’t come in.”

“We definitely have to address the prosecution and accountability of the crime,” he continued.

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