As Election Season Looms in Chicago, List of Alderpeople Not Running for Re-election Grows

The 2023 version of the Chicago City Council will look significantly different from the one currently convening at City Hall.

A growing list of alderpeople have announced that they will not run for re-election next year, or have already resigned from the City Council.

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In June, Ald. Michael Scott, Jr. (24th Ward) resigned his seat. He quickly took a position with the Cinespace production studio in his ward as director of industry and community relations. He was recently appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to serve on the Chicago Board of Education. His sister, Monique Scott, was appointed to replace him in the West Side ward.

Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th Ward) and Ald. Ray Lopez (15th Ward) have announced plans to run for mayor. And Ald. Sophia King (4th Ward) is also considering a run for mayor.

Meanwhile, Ald. Carrie Austin (34th Ward) has been indicted for taking bribes and is not running again.

Four additional aldermen have also recently announced their City Council exits. They joined “Chicago Tonight” to discuss their plans for the future and the major issues currently facing the city.

Ald. George Cardenas (12th Ward) won a seat on the Cook County Board of Review and is stepping down in December.

Ald. Michele Smith (43rd Ward) is resigning her City Council seat Aug. 12. The Lincoln Park alderperson cited responsibilities toward her family and friends in her announcement, which she called “a deeply personal” decision.

Lightfoot must appoint a replacement for Smith by Oct. 12.

Ald. James Cappleman (46th Ward) is not seeking re-election to represent Uptown. He was elected to the City Council in 2011 and won a third term in 2019 by just 25 votes.

Cappleman would have been staring down a race against more progressive challengers.

And Ald. Harry Osterman (48th Ward) is not running for re-election in his Andersonville and Edgewater ward. He has been in office since 2011.

In his announcement, Osterman, who championed a yet-to-be-implemented measure to put residents in charge of the Chicago Police Department, said he was proud of working to improve the area’s safety and expanding public transportation options.

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