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On Tuesday, Marianne Lalonde, who came up just 25 votes short in the April 2nd runoff election against incumbent alderman James Cappleman, announced that she is withdrawing her legal challenge of the election results.
In a statement on her campaign's Facebook page, she did not formally concede and did not offer congratulations to Ald. Cappleman. Instead, she discussed what she describes as troubling aspects of the Board of Elections' vote-counting methodology for the 46th Ward, a process she closely observed during the past few weeks.
After the election results were certified by the Board of Elections on April 18th, Lalonde requested a discovery recount of 25% of the precincts in the ward. Essentially, that means looking at votes cast in ten precincts chosen by her and her attorney(s) to see if a basis for a legal challenge exists.
Her conclusion: "Our assessment is that the law currently allows no further viable remedy, so I have withdrawn my complaint."
With the withdrawal of her legal action, we hope the healing of differences in the 46th Ward can begin. In her post, she says, "Now more than ever, we need to build bridges between different groups within our community." We agree wholeheartedly.
In a similarly conciliatory tone, Ald. Cappleman tweeted on Tuesday, "Now that the 46th Ward election is settled, I look forward to 4 more years of advocating for all residents and working together as a community."
There's still one race that's still being contested: in the 5th Ward, challenger Will Calloway has not conceded to incumbent Leslie Hairston, despite trailing her by 176 votes.