|Alderman-elect Roderick T. Sawyer|
Also it was noted in this article that, that Ald. Lyle had conceded outside of her office near 75th & King Drive this evening:The son of late Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer on Tuesday ousted his father’s protégé, longtime Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, from her 6th Ward seat after 13 years in office.
Roderick Sawyer picked up 50.6 percent of the vote in the showdown with Lyle, who received 49.4 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial vote totals....In the 6th Ward, Sawyer declared a bittersweet victory.
“I’m extremely happy, but at the same time sad my father is not here with me,” Sawyer said of the former mayor, who died in 2008 at age 73. “I know he’s watching over us and he’s proud. But now it’s time to start our work. Got a lot of work to do. It won’t be easy.”
Once a Lyle supporter, Sawyer said he decided to run against her because she voted for the city parking meter lease deal.
On Tuesday night, Sawyer said his win over Lyle, who was supported by Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, sends a message.
“I’ll work with everyone in the City Council including the mayor, but this sends a message that the 6th ward will not support a candidate that gets bossed and is controlled by special interests,” he said.
UPDATED 10:51 PM I would like to refer you to this Chicago News Coop article:Lyle conceded late Tuesday as supporters and staff milled around her 75th Street aldermanic office.
“We did a yeoman’s job fighting against horrible odds,” she said. “We fought against a bad economy. We fought against major, major cutbacks in city services that we got blamed for personally. We fought against two police offices being tragically murdered in our ward over the last year. And no other incumbent had to fight the crime issue . . . in a quickly changing neighborhood.”
Lyle conceded to opponent Roderick Sawyer, the son of former mayor Eugene Sawyer. With all precincts reporting, Sawyer received 51 percent of the total votes while Lyle received 49 percent despite strong support from Emanuel and labor unions. Sawyer will now claim the City Council seat his father once held before he became mayor.Sorry if that's a lot of reading, but I'm done for now. Hopefully there will be some video to share in the future.
Economic development and crime have been two big issues in the South Side ward that has long been a home to the African-American middle class. Last year, police officers Thomas Wortham IV and Michael Bailey were killed in separate incidents in the ward.
“No other incumbent had to deal with the crime issue in a quickly changing neighborhood,” Lyle told supporters gathered at Army and Lou’s. “The sale and allure of change is what the community voted for, so they will go back to the days when a Sawyer was seated as alderman.”
“The residents of the 6th ward are ready for someone who’s not going to be afraid to challenge the mayor, to challenge the powers that be. It’s what they deserve,” Sawyer said in his victory speech.
Sawyer said Lyle’s heavy support from labor unions may have actually aided his campaign.
“In all honesty, I think they did her a disservice with the negative politicking that is their style.” he said. “So I guess in a roundabout way, I should thank them.”
Congrats to the Alderman-elect. Best wishes to Ald. Lyle.