Berny Stone leads field of aldermanic upsets

April 6, 2011

By Associated Press & City Room

Berny Stone

Chicago's second-longest serving alderman has conceded in the 50th ward to challenger Debra Silverstein. Alderman Berny Stone has been in office for just over 37 years. Stone told reporters that the race against Debra Silverstein was the dirtiest he's ever been a part of.

Early election results suggest Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel won't get all nine aldermanic candidates he supported. He's spent nearly $250,000 on the races, giving to seven candidates he endorsed.

Those include incumbent South Side Alderman Freddrenna Lyle over challenger Roderick Sawyer, former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer's son. Sawyer holds a small lead (100+ votes) with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.

In what might be the biggest upset of the night, political newcomer and firefighter Nick Sposata defeated incumbent Alderman John Rice. Alderman Rice got endorsed by Rahm Emanuel, but - according to state records - the mayor-elect didn't give Rice any financial help. Rice previously worked as an aide to former Alderman William Banks.

Emanuel also endorsed Alderman Willie Cochran, a former cop who faces Grammy-winning rap artist Che "Rhymefest" Smith. Cochran won by over 300 votes, but Smith is not conceding citing voting irregularities.

Other races and results can be found at our results page.