Stamps and Mitts to go head-to-head in 37th Ward

Mitts 'thought she had a neighborhood in her pocket,' says Stamps

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By Reema Amin

Austin Talks

In a race that came down to just 102 votes, CPS teacher Tara Stamps forced the first runoff Ald. Emma Mitts has seen in her 15 years as alderman.

Mitts secured about 48.7 percent of the 8,023 total votes cast in Tuesday's municipal election for the 37th Ward, according to the unofficial results compiled by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

Her 3,910 votes fell short of the required 50.1 percent she needed to win another four-year term.

Stamps won 32 percent (2,593) of the vote Tuesday. Maretta Brown-Miller, a Chicago Park District employee, won 13 percent (1,056), while former CAPS beat facilitator Leroy Duncan came in last with about 6 percent (464).

Mitts and Stamps will meet in the April 7 runoff.

Mitts, who was appointed to the Chicago City Council in 2000 by then-Mayor Richard Daley, had garnered at least 58 percent of the vote in the past three municipal elections, city election records show. In her first run in 2003, she won 73 percent.

"I feel like a 6-year-old on Christmas," Stamps said in an interview during her election party at Grill on Grand.

Stamps said she'll spend Wednesday catching up on sleep, then get back to "saturating" the community with her message so residents show up to the polls in six weeks.

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latanya from chicago  

Posted: March 31st, 2015 12:51 PM

There will always be violence, drugs and gangs I am skeptical of people who says they can stop it. What we need to do as a community is stop pointing fingers and work with our police and elected officials. Let's be a part of the solution not the problem

windy from Hanover park  

Posted: February 27th, 2015 5:07 AM

Let us get some things clear, the fight should be at the polls. Austin has gone down hill over the years. It's time to change that. What you should be doing is getting people to vote, not fighting over who has been in the ward the longest. The people have spoken, at least those that went to the polls now get the others to do the same. Ms. Brown have a conversation with Tara one on one work together if you want change make it happen together. It's time grassroot make it happen. Stop the madness.

Rousemary Vega from Chicago  

Posted: February 26th, 2015 10:34 PM

Yikes! No question mark. It was a mistake.

Rousemary Vega from Chicago  

Posted: February 26th, 2015 10:26 PM

All I can say is.... Tara Stamps? You have impress me in many ways. You are kind, dedicated, fair, and loving. It is my honor to know you. You got this 100%

37th Resident from Chicago  

Posted: February 26th, 2015 8:26 PM

Emma Mitts voted for a moritorium on charter schools at the city council, then turned around and opened with open arms the Gulen inspired charter chain of Horizons on North Ave. that enriches its foreign Turkish owned construction companies. The chain is now being investigated by the FBI for misuse of public funds. We need a change in the 37th that won't sell us out. Go Tara Stamps.

Ron from Chicago  

Posted: February 26th, 2015 5:15 PM

See mr Paul let me correct you about Ms.brown miller she is a fighter in this community if you check your history in the 37 th ward she knows the issue in our community . It's sad that it takes these big unions to come in our community and just give us anything and decide that this should be our new leader no way !

Justice from Chicago  

Posted: February 26th, 2015 4:35 PM

I am immensely proud of Tara Stamps. I have been in the trenches with Tara for almost 44 years now so I know what she can do and I know what she is about. I have heard a few grumblings about her being relatively new to the ward. Well, she is not new to HARD WORK. She is not new to CHANGE. She is not new to DEDICATION. She is not new to FAITH. She is not new to DEMOCRACY. When she moved into the ward, I was right there. Within a few days, we were cleaning out abandoned tires in her alley.


Posted: February 26th, 2015 2:35 PM

Just a quick reply about what Maretta Brown-Miller stated... Mrs. Brown sometimes it doesn't take 33 years to live in a neighborhood to realize something needs to be improved... That's the difference in people that sit and talk about what needs to be done and those that get off their duff and start doing... Great job Mrs. Stamps and I'm not even in ur ward...

Annette Jones from Chicago  

Posted: February 26th, 2015 8:14 AM

The sad thing about 'Term' longevity is that the incumbent forgets the community- at- large and becomes a bed- fellow of comprise within the political circle. Their community is soon forgotten. No major improvement is visible, nor is the alderman/ woman until election time rolls around. Where is the community growth that was promised?

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