Voters will decide who of the two contenders will take the 24th Ward’s aldermanic seat in the April runoff after Monique L. Scott only secured 45.43% of the vote in the Feb. 28 primary election.
None of the eight contenders in the race, including Monique Scott, obtained more than 50 percent of the vote required to avoid a runoff.
With all precincts reporting, Creative Scott won 951 votes (14.83% of the votes) while incumbent Monique L. Scott garnered 2,913 votes. The two share the same last name but they are not related.
The 24th Ward encompasses areas of Lawndale, Homan Square and a portion of Little Village.
Monique Scott, who could not be immediately reached for comment, was appointed to office last June after her brother, former Ald. Michael Scott Jr. resigned from the City Council for a role at the film company Cinespace Chicago. She is seeking her first full term in the City Council.
Creative Scott, who also lives in North Lawndale, said while he believes he could have earned more votes in his favor, he “feels good” about the election results. He thanked all the candidates who ran to “serve their community.”
“I’m all about community,” Scott said. “I’m not a politician, I’m a servant of the community.”
Creative Scott vowed to support business and economic development in the 24th Ward. He has previously said his 29 years of experience as a business owner give him insight into “what is needed to see real change in the ward.” He has also pushed for violence prevention strategies focused on offering residents apprenticeship and incentive programs.
Scott said he will continue to share his platform with voters in the coming weeks.