Sawyer hangs on to 6th Ward seat with 50 percent of vote
With almost all of the votes counted, veteran Chicago Alderman Roderick Sawyer appears to have successfully defended his turf in the 6th Ward in Tuesday’s election.
With 97 percent of all precincts reporting, Block Club Chicago reports Sawyer had just shade more than the 50 percent of support needed from voters to avoid a runoff. In bagging a third term, Sawyer stood with 50.5 percent of the vote to Deborah Foster-Bonner’s 30 percent and Richard Wooten’s 19 percent.
Still to be counted are vote-by-mail ballots, with Block Club reporting the jury still remains out as to if there may be enough outstanding votes to impact the final numbers.
The son of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer, the younger Sawyer has served his South Side ward since 2011.
The 6th Ward includes Chatham, Englewood and West Englewood. In recent times, the ward, powered by more than $100 million in capital improvements, has seen renovations to the Whitney Young Library and Robeson High School and the construction of a new neighborhood police station.