Rhymefest’s battle to become Alderman of the 20th Ward in Chicago is not over yet.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, after elections were held this past Tuesday (February 22), ‘Fest came in with 20 percent of the vote. Though that’s not a very large percentage, it is enough to force a runoff, as his toughest opponent, incumbent Willie Cochran, received only 46 percent. Since no one in the five-candidate field grabbed more than half of the vote, there will be a runoff.
“A lot of people didn’t vote for Cochran,” the rhymer said. “People want change, and those who voted for Andre and George Davis will join up with me for change. I’m having a revolution of love. We want the 20th Ward to be a village again.”
The Kanye West associate also felt that some voters were confused in the initial election, as another candidate, Andre Smith, who received 15 percent of the vote, shares a last name with the rapper, whose real name is Che Smith.
The runoff election will be held on April 5. —Adam Fleischer