Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Rahm Emanuel was re-elected mayor of Chicago, surviving a challenge from Jesus Garcia.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff whose cutting personality and centrist policies earned him the nickname “Mayor 1 Percent” among his critics, was re-elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, surviving a challenge from Jesus G. Garcia, a county commissioner who was seeking to become the city’s first Latino mayor.
With 98 percent of precincts counted, Mr. Emanuel led Mr. Garcia 56 percent to 44 percent.
For Mr. Emanuel, 55, it was a narrow escape from what could have been an embarrassing loss to Mr. Garcia, a feisty former alderman and community organizer who for months hammered Mr. Emanuel for closing dozens of public schools and claimed the mayor ignored the working class and poor in the nation’s third-largest city. But Mr. Emanuel fought back by asserting that Mr. Garcia was unqualified for the job and its immense responsibilities, including confronting Chicago’s staggering debt, stubbornly high crime rate and unfunded pension liabilities.

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