Michele Smith, '79: Wins Chicago Aldermanic Race

Michele Smith Wins 43rd Ward Aldermanic Race

CHICAGO — Candidate Derek Lindblom tried to unseat 43rd Ward Ald. Michele Smith in Tuesday's runoff election, but Smith came out ahead in a tight race. Smith has held her position for eight years.

Five candidates tried to unseat Smith in the Feb. 26 election, and Lindblom advanced to the April 2 runoff.

The 43rd Ward includes parts of Lincoln Park and Old Town.

In 2008, Smith was elected to serve as Democratic Committeeman of Chicago's 43rd Ward, and re-elected in 2012. She has also worked in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago and for Navistar International Corporation. As alderman, she renegotiated the Lincoln Park Hospital Redevelopment to decrease intensity of use on site.

Since Smith has assumed office, the number of street lights repaired in the ward has doubled, the number of potholes filled has doubled and the number of sewer cleanings has tripled.

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