James Cappleman won a runoff election Tuesday to represent the 46th Ward on the Chicago City Council. Cappleman will become Chicago’s second openly gay alderman on a city council of 50 members.
“This victory is about the future of Chicago and the future of the 46th Ward and all who live here. We set out to change our community, and I’m so grateful that the Victory Fund stood with us and helped us do that. Never believe that you can’t change politics as usual. You can, and we have,” said Cappleman, who celebrated his win Tuesday night.
Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, congratulated Cappleman, saying, “We’re proud James will represent not only his neighborhood but all LGBT people in Chicago. They’ve gained another authentic voice on their city council, but more than that, they’ve gained a real fighter.”
This was the second time Cappleman won the Victory Fund’s endorsement, having narrowly lost a 2007 race to unseat the ward’s longtime incumbent. With that seat vacant this year, Cappleman competed with numerous candidates to reach tonight’s runoff election with Molly Phelan, who was criticized late in the campaign for using rhetoric some thought was a veiled attack on Cappleman’s sexual orientation.