First District Commissioner Race Still Too Close To Call, But Boykin Hopeful

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Brandon Johnson and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin. 

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) and his challenger, Brandon Johnson, are in a virtual dead heat, according to suburban and city election data that’s available online.

As of 11:10 p.m., Boykin was down fewer than 400 votes to Johnson, with votes from just eight precincts in Cook County — three in the suburbs and five in the city — outstanding as of 11:10 p.m. 

During a short interview from his election night party at the Carleton of Oak Park, Boykin said that he was told by his campaign that he’s currently leading.

He added that there were still a number of absentee ballots that needed to be counted and that some of the outstanding precincts were in Proviso Township — what the commissioner considers to be something of a stronghold for him. Boykin’s constituent office is located in Forest Park.

The scene at the Carleton in Oak Park, where Commissioner Boykin held his election night party. When it was over, the cake had been left untouched. | VFP 

“It’s not going to be decided tonight — it will go until tomorrow,” Boykin said as he was leaving the hotel.

“I hope that the clerk’s office will count them quickly and I hope that they get it right. I think it’s important to get it right,” he said. “We’ll see. I’m exciting. I feel good.”

Boykin would not say if he would consider contesting the results of the election if he were still down tomorrow and were within the required margin to do so. 

“I don’t even think about that,” he said. “It’s been a good race.”

Johnson, a Chicago teacher and union organizer who ran as a progressive alternative to Boykin, could not be reached for comment. VFP 

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One thought on “First District Commissioner Race Still Too Close To Call, But Boykin Hopeful”

  1. I hope Brandon Johnson wins the race officially, and defeat Richard Boykin. Johnson is a true breath of fresh air, and is exactly what Cook County in the first district needs. Boykin’s time is up! He do not make no sense whenever he speaks to the reporters and citizens. The people in the first district have spoken! Let’s go Brandon Johnson!

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