Monday, March 26, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 2:40 p.m.
Featured image: Brandon Johnson, who defeated Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin in the March 20 Democratic Primary election. | File
First District Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin has conceded to Brandon Johnson, a former Chicago teacher and union organizer.
During a March 26 phone interview, Boykin said that he made the call Monday afternoon.
“I thought it was time to go on and put closure to this and I also pledged to work with him in a smooth transition,” Boykin said. “I wished him well and told him I’m here if you need me. I plan to finish out my term and I hope we work together. I thought he was gracious in victory.”
By the time the polls closed on March 20, Johnson was up on Boykin by fewer than 400 votes, with no more than a dozen precincts still to be reported. Those outstanding votes left Boykin with an opening to stave off a concession call until provisional ballots had been counted.
Since last Tuesday’s election, however, Johnson’s lead had gradually opened up to 436, with all precincts in the city and suburbs reported, according to online election data from the Cook County Clerk’s office and the Chicago Board of Elections.
Johnson’s campaign released a statement on March 26 confirming Boykin’s concession call.
“The incumbent made the concession this afternoon in a phone call and pledged to support commissioner-elect when he assumes office,” according to the statement. “There is no GOP challenger on the November ballot.”
In the statement, Johnson added that voters “on the West Side of Chicago and the Western suburbs have spoken. They want someone who will stand up to the harmful policies of President Trump, Bruce Rauner and corporations who prey on low-income people.
“I think people are looking for new voices and a new kind of progressive leadership in Illinois,” he stated. “I look forward to serving the interests of my constituents and fighting to bring equity and inclusion to all of Cook County.” VFP
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