Mayor Lori Lightfoot, whose outsider status and promises to enact sweeping reforms propelled her to office four years ago, is seeking a second term amid a large field of challengers. Ms. Lightfoot, a Democrat who won all 50 wards in the 2019 runoff, saw her popularity plunge as homicides reached generational highs and as Chicago struggled to rebound from the pandemic.
Her opponents include Representative Jesús G. García, a progressive Democrat whose congressional district includes part of Chicago; Brandon Johnson, a Democratic county commissioner endorsed by the city’s powerful teachers’ union; and Paul Vallas, a Democrat and former public school executive with more conservative views on policing and education.
If no candidate wins an outright majority, the top two finishers will advance to an April runoff.
Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson have advanced to a runoff.