Who are Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson? Two candidates seek to be Chicago's next mayor after Lightfoot's loss

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Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson precocious Tuesday to a runoff predetermination arsenic they activity to go nan Windy City's adjacent mayor, putting an extremity to incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot's one-term tenure starring nan metropolis amid an unprecedented crime wave.

Who are nan 2 candidates looking to travel retired connected apical successful nan April 4 runoff election?

Vallas — a Chicago autochthonal who antecedently ran for politician of nan metropolis successful 2019 and yet endorsed Lightfoot aft placing ninth retired of 14 candidates that rhythm — came successful first successful Tuesday's ballot for Chicago mayor, garnering much than 170,000 votes.

Backed by nan Fraternal Order of Police, a nationwide statement representing thousands of sworn rule enforcement officers crossed nan U.S., Vallas made nan rumor of crime successful Chicago a cardinal attraction of his campaign.

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Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, left, and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, right, will spell head-to-head successful a runoff predetermination for Chicago politician connected April 4.

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, left, and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, right, will spell head-to-head successful a runoff predetermination for Chicago politician connected April 4. (Kamil Krzaczynski, Jacek Boczarski/Anadolu Agency)

"Mayor Vallas will guarantee that criminals are held accountable truthful that nan metropolis is safe again," Vallas' run website states. "Residents successful ALL neighborhoods will consciousness safe. Suburbanites and visitors will nary longer fearfulness walking downtown."

During his triumph reside Tuesday, Vallas, who has many times said he will return action connected issues surrounding nan crime wave passim successful nan Windy City, vowed to make Chicago nan "safest metropolis successful America."

"Public information is nan basal correct of each American. It is simply a civilian right. And it is nan rule work of government, and we will person a safe Chicago," Vallas told his supporters. "We will make Chicago nan safest metropolis successful America."

Vallas besides touted his support for cheery matrimony and protections for abortion — 2 awesome governmental issues successful Chicago.

Paul Vallas speaks pinch supporters aft forcing a mayoral runoff predetermination during his predetermination nighttime gathering astatine City Hall Events connected Feb. 28, 2023, successful Chicago's West Loop.

Paul Vallas speaks pinch supporters aft forcing a mayoral runoff predetermination during his predetermination nighttime gathering astatine City Hall Events connected Feb. 28, 2023, successful Chicago's West Loop. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service)

Other priorities successful Vallas' run see education, which his website says he will dainty arsenic nan "civil authorities rumor that it is," and balancing nan city's budget.

Johnson, whose profession began arsenic a nationalist schoolhouse coach astatine Jenner Academy located successful Chicago's Near North Side, came successful 2nd spot successful Tuesday's information of voting for mayor, trailing Vallas by astir 70,000 votes.

With nan support of aggregate teachers unions, voter support for Johnson outweighed that received by Lightfoot, who trailed Johnson's much than 103,000 votes by a small much than 16,000 votes early Wednesday morning.

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Unlike Vallas, Johnson's Tuesday nighttime triumph reside did not stress crime, which is viewed arsenic a ample interest for voters successful nan city. Instead, Johnson discussed his way to a 2nd spot triumph successful Tuesday's predetermination and insisted that he overcame uncertainty aft being viewed arsenic an underdog successful nan race.

Championed by progressives, Johnson besides took nonstop purpose astatine Vallas, who he claimed "is personification who is supported by nan Jan. 6 insurrectionists."

"He switched parties erstwhile President Barack Obama became president of nan United States. He went arsenic acold arsenic to opportunity he’s much of a Republican than thing else. He says he fundamentally opposes abortion. These are nonstop quotes," Johnson said of Vallas.

Amid governmental unrest that swept nan federation successful 2020 pursuing nan decease of George Floyd, Johnson introduced a solution calling for Cook County to "redirect costs from policing and incarceration to nationalist services not administered by rule enforcement," according to nan Chicago Tribune

Brandon Johnson speaks pinch supporters aft forcing a mayoral runoff predetermination during his predetermination nighttime gathering connected Feb. 28, 2023, successful Chicago.

Brandon Johnson speaks pinch supporters aft forcing a mayoral runoff predetermination during his predetermination nighttime gathering connected Feb. 28, 2023, successful Chicago. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service)

"A 100 years from now… nan mobility will be, did we do everything successful our powerfulness to guidelines up to systemic racism? Or did we flinch?" Johnson told chap commissioners earlier nan ballot connected nan resolution, according to nan outlet. "This will springiness nan region commissioners a roadworthy representation for taking millions of discarded spent connected incarceration and policing and reinvesting it."

Johnson's priorities, according to his run website, scope from "public information and constabulary reform" and "environmental justice" to "gender equity" and "education."

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Johnson, according to nan website, is "passionate astir making judge that each student successful Chicago — sloppy of their race, income aliases zip codification — receives a afloat resourced, supportive, safe and patient learning environment."

Additionally, Johnson says connected his run website that he intends to "work intimately pinch nan Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability to clasp constabulary accountable and measure nan goals and capacity of nan CPD, nan Civilian Office of Police Accountability and nan Police Board."