The Chicago Board of Elections held a lottery Wednesday afternoon to determine ballot placement for the February 22 municipal elections. Challengers in the 32nd and 44th Wards won top positions.
“When people are undecided they look at the first person on the ballot,” said candidate Winner. “But this isn’t going to matter as much as when theres four or five people on the ballot. To be honest, I think my last name will have a bigger impact than the position on the ballot.”
In the 32nd Ward, which runs from roughly just south of Addison St. to Diversey Pkwy. and between Racine St. and Western Ave. with a long spur that dips south to Ukrainian Village, challenger David Pavlik won the top spot with the second spot going to incumbent Ald. Scott Waguespack and the third spot going to challenger Brian Gorman. Challenger Peter Diaz, who filed after the first day will get the fourth spot and challenger Bryan Lynch will get the bottom spot on the ballot since he was the last to file in the 32nd Ward.
“I’m excited to be an official candidate and to be the first on the ballot,” said Pavlik. “All of that was luck. But winning will be a matter of hard work. We think that’s the only way to win this race.”
The Board of Elections conducts a lottery for all candidates who arrive before 9:00 am to file their ballot petitions on the first day of filing. Other candidates are awarded their ballot position in order of their filing. Many candidates who do not file on the first day wait to file their petitions at the last minute on the last filing day so they can get the last position on the ballot.
In a crowded field with numerous little-known candidates, many politicos believe voters favor the top and bottom ballot spots.
In the 47th Ward the top spot went to incumbent Ald. Eugene Schulter, as he was the only candidate to file at the opening of the filing deadline. Schulter is being challenged by four candidates, Ameya Pawar, Matt Reichel, Tom Jacks and Tom O’Donnell.