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1929 Chicago aldermanic elections

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Chicago aldermanic Election, 1929

← 1927 February 26th and April 2nd, 1929 1931 →

All 50 seats in the Chicago City Council
26 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Party Republican Democratic
Seats before 20 30
Seats won 27 23
Seat change Increase7 Decrease7

Chicago Aldermanic Results by Ward, 1929.png
Results by ward. The map shows the winning candidate's party affiliations even though aldermen ran as nonpartisans. A white asterisk (*) means the results for that ward were decided in a runoff vote.

The 1929 Chicago Aldermanic elections happened on February 26, 1929, to elect the 50 aldermen of the City of Chicago.[1] The elections were non-partisan, and in races without any candidate receiving an absolute majority of votes runoff elections were held on April 2.[1] Held in the middle of the mayor's term, it would be the penultimate such election; four-year terms for aldermen were adopted in 1935, coinciding with the mayoral election that year.[2]

All told, despite the non-partisan nature of the elections, candidates affiliated with the Republican party won 27 seats and those affiliated with the Democratic party won 23.[3] 11 seats were decided by means of a runoff election,[1] and a Republican candidate won all but one of those elections.[3] Six incumbent aldermen were defeated in the first round, and an additional four fell in the runoffs, all by Republican candidates.[1][2][3] Four aldermen, all Democratic, were returned without opposition.[1][3]

Issues and endorsements

The main issue of the elections was the influence of Mayor Thompson over the City Government and individual aldermen. Senior US Senator and former Governor Charles Deneen fronted the main slate of anti-Thompson candidates. Many reformers had hoped[4] and even proclaimed that the election would "wipe...Thompson off the political map." [5] The reform-minded Chicago Tribune and Municipal Voter's League endorsed candidates based on their perceived independence from Thompson.[6]

The elections were held on a backdrop of violence throughout the city. In particular the race for the so-called "Bloody Twentieth" ward had been marked by the murder in April 1928 of African-American reform candidate for committeeman Octavius Granady during the Pineapple Primary.[7] The Daily Chronicle in DeKalb reported that "Another surprise of the election - for the police at least - was that no one was murdered, kidnapped, or slugged," although it attributed such lack of violence to the heavy patrol of polling places by police officers that compelled Police Commissioner William Russell to set aside his investigation of the recent Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.[5] It was also subject to some disputes in electoral law, with such sitting aldermen as Sheldon Govier of the 9th ward and Joseph McDonough of the 13th raising accusations of fraudulent petitions against many of their opponents given the 40% increase in the number of candidates from the 1927 elections and some aldermen disputing a filing deadline that sitting aldermen Coyle, Haffa, and Hoellen had missed.[4]

The Daily Chronicle asserted that four of the six aldermen defeated in the first round had been Thompson supporters.[5] Nevertheless, the election was generally considered a failure for the reformers.[5] Many of Thompson's closest allies, including his former African-American floor leader Louis Anderson of the 2nd Ward, retained their seats.[8] Particularly devastating was the loss of 20th ward incumbent A.J. Prignano, whom the Municipal Voter's League had extolled as "the best alderman [the] ward has had in many years," to William V. Pacelli, a candidate fronted by the Ellers, who were implicated in Granady's murder.[7] Furthermore, of the nine candidates endorsed by the Tribune and Municipal Voter's League leading up to the runoff elections (not including contests where neither or both candidates were endorsed),[9] only Frank Konkowski of the 31st Ward won his contest. Ultimately, Thompson's rule over the City would continue unabated until the 1931 elections.


First Ward[1][3]
 DemocraticJohn J. Coughlin, incumbent[2]4,510100.00
 Democratic hold
Second Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanLouis B. Anderson, incumbent[2]7,22655.85
 RepublicanEarl B. Dickerson[8]4,12831.90
 DemocraticAugustus L. Williams[10]9227.13
 RepublicanJames G. Cotter[11]6635.12
 Republican hold
Third Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanRobert R. Jackson, incumbent[2]8,10458.94
 RepublicanNathan S. Taylor[12]5,04836.71
 RepublicanJulius J. Link[13]5984.35
 Republican hold
Fourth Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanBerthold A. Cronson, incumbent[2]7,61850.97
 RepublicanAlex Kieferstein[7]4,75431.81
 RepublicanGeorge W. Prince[12]2,39216.00
 UnknownFrank A. Marshall930.62
 RepublicanReuben R. Helfer[14]900.60
 Republican hold
Fifth Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanCharles S. Eaton10,48358.95
 DemocraticLeonard J. Grossman, incumbent[2][15]6,10634.33
 RepublicanCharles U. Turpin[16]7834.40
 UnknownRobert Mendelson1801.01
 UnknownLeo J. Canary830.47
 UnknownHerman Forel810.46
 UnknownHarold J. Fishbein680.38
 Republican gain from Democratic
Eighth Ward[1][3]
 DemocraticWilliam D. Meyering, incumbent[2]12,76352.49
 UnknownEdmund A. Miller11,03745.39
 UnknownHarry L. Lathe5142.11
 Democratic hold
Tenth Ward[1][3]
 DemocraticWilliam A. Rowan, incumbent[2]6,68372.59
 UnknownCharles J. Johnson2,52427.41
 Democratic hold
Twelfth Ward, First Round[1][3]
 DemocraticBryan Hartnett, incumbent[17][2]7,64245.24
 RepublicanBenjamin J. Zintak7,31043.27
 UnknownFred B. Heiser1,82010.77
 UnknownAlexander Bukowski1210.72
Twelfth Ward, Runoff[1][3]
 RepublicanBenjamin J. Zintak9,93750.84
 DemocraticBryan Hartnett, incumbent[17][2]9,60949.16
 Republican gain from Democratic
Fourteenth Ward[1][3]
 DemocraticWilliam R. O'Toole, incumbent[2]7,46762.77
 UnknownJoseph M. Fitzgerald4,09534.42
 UnknownJohn Plaehn3342.81
 Democratic hold
Eighteenth Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanWalter W. Morris10,02052.21
 DemocraticPatrick F. Ryan, incumbent[2][18]8,02741.83
 UnknownJames J. Murphy7493.90
 UnknownJames Gentlemen3932.05
 Republican gain from Democratic
Twentieth Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanWilliam V. Pacelli4,87957.94
 DemocraticA. J. Prignano, incumbent[2][7]3,16637.60
 UnknownMartin Klass3764.47
 Republican gain from Democratic
Twenty-first Ward[1][3]
 DemocraticDennis A. Horan, incumbent[2]8,26272.16
 UnknownJohn A. Stanek2,80124.46
 UnknownJohn Stoker2071.81
 UnknownJulius Markowski1801.57
 Democratic hold
Twenty-second Ward[1][3]
 DemocraticJoseph Cepak, incumbent[2]3,917100.00
 Democratic hold
Twenty-seventh Ward[1][3]
 DemocraticHarry C. Van Norman, incumbent[2]5,69555.28
 RepublicanJames Adduci[19]3,94138.25
 UnknownElmer L. Francis5225.07
 UnknownFrank A. Lyon1441.40
 Democratic hold
Thirtieth Ward[1][3]
 DemocraticJohn S. Clark Jr., incumbent[2]4,713100.00
 Democratic hold
Thirty-first Ward, First Round[1][3]
 RepublicanFrank E. Konkowski3,75746.65
 DemocraticJoseph Przybylo[20]2,58132.05
 DemocraticStanley Adamkiewicz, incumbent[2][21]1,53619.07
 UnknownGeorge A. Gillmeister1802.23
Thirty-first Ward, Runoff[1][3]
 RepublicanFrank E. Konkowski5,35559.27
 DemocraticJoseph Przybylo[20]3,68040.73
 Republican gain from Democratic
Thirty-third Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanGeorge M. Rozczynialski5,19154.73
 DemocraticJoseph C. Petlak, incumbent[2][22]3,86340.73
 UnknownPeter W. Sikora Jr.1902.00
 UnknownJoseph Malenkz750.79
 UnknownAnthony Patewski640.67
 UnknownRoman Kulla540.57
 UnknownPaul L. Labucki310.33
 UnknownLeo Luka160.17
 Republican gain from Democratic
Thirty-seventh Ward, First Round[1][3]
 DemocraticWiley W. Mills, incumbent[2][23]9,07841.07
 RepublicanJames H. Taylor4,55520.61
 UnknownBert Fairchild2,99713.56
 UnknownIrwin R. Hazen Jr.2,84912.89
 UnknownL.A. Warner1,6987.68
 UnknownEdward J. Finan5482.48
 UnknownOmmund B. Hanson2221.00
 UnknownBenjamin Davis1560.71
Thirty-seventh Ward, Runoff[1][3]
 RepublicanJames H. Taylor12,24154.15
 DemocraticWiley W. Mills, incumbent[2][23]10,36545.85
 Republican gain from Democratic
Thirty-eighth Ward[1][3]
 DemocraticMax Adamowski, incumbent[2]3,206100.00
 Democratic hold
Thirty-ninth Ward, First Round[1][3]
 RepublicanFrank R. Ringa, incumbent[2]8,80531.32
 RepublicanFrank J. Reilly[24]8,48330.17
 DemocraticLeo J. Winiecki[25]7,46826.56
 UnknownSteve Adamowski1,2424.42
 UnknownFrank J. Schmidtke8412.99
 UnknownGustave H. Hines7992.84
 UnknownCharles J. Busch2760.98
 UnknownWilliam E. Koreywo1040.37
 UnknownJohn Kowalski960.34
Thirty-ninth Ward, Runoff[1][3]
 RepublicanFrank R. Ringa, incumbent[2]16,11852.89
 RepublicanFrank J. Reilly[24]14,35847.11
 Republican hold
Fortieth Ward, First Round[1][3]
 RepublicanJohn William Chapman, incumbent[2]8,64039.36
 RepublicanJoseph C. Ross5,91626.95
 DemocraticJay A. Schiller[26]4,92122.42
 UnknownWilliam D. McNally1,1105.06
 UnknownCharles H. Lenske6743.07
 UnknownL.B. Baum2571.17
 UnknownChester A. Fredrickson2261.03
 UnknownCarl C. Rosenbaum1100.50
 UnknownI.J. Brown990.45
Fortieth Ward, Runoff[1][3]
 RepublicanJoseph C. Ross13,87959.01
 RepublicanJohn William Chapman, incumbent[2]9,64040.99
 Republican gain from Republican
Forty-first Ward[1][3]
 DemocraticThomas J. Bowler, incumbent[2]15,37462.66
 UnknownJames A. Davis8,36234.08
 UnknownPetra M. Dahl8003.26
 Democratic hold
Forty-second Ward, First Round[1][3]
 RepublicanRichard Prendergast[27]3,39936.29
 DemocraticDorsey R. Crowe, incumbent[2]3,25534.76
 UnknownC.R. Palmer2,71128.95
Forty-second Ward, Runoff[1][3]
 DemocraticDorsey R. Crowe, incumbent[2]6,06357.72
 RepublicanRichard Prendergast[27]4,44142.28
 Democratic hold
Forty-third Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanArthur F. Albert7,33662.06
 RepublicanCharles G. Burmeister[28]2,48521.02
 RepublicanTitus A. Haffa, incumbent[2][29]1,92816.31
 UnknownEdward Hirschler720.61
 Republican gain from Republican
Forty-fourth Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanAlbert E. Loescher, incumbent[2]6,50563.32
 UnknownJoseph J. Miller3,30032.12
 UnknownGeorge Hoppe4364.24
 UnknownMarcus Kasan320.31
 Republican hold
Forty-fifth Ward, First Round[1][3]
 RepublicanWilliam H. Feigenbutz, incumbent[2]6,77147.06
 UnknownGeorge W. Schmidt4,59831.95
 UnknownPaul Slivinski3,02020.99
Forty-fifth Ward, Runoff[1][3]
 RepublicanWilliam H. Feigenbutz, incumbent[2]9,28357.69
 UnknownGeorge W. Schmidt6,80742.31
 Republican hold
Forty-sixth Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanOscar F. Nelson, incumbent[2]7,85853.23
 RepublicanAugust F. W. Siebel[30]6,26742.46
 RepublicanEdward P. Saltiel[31]4212.85
 UnknownArthur J. Damm1481.00
 UnknownCarl E. Liedberg670.45
 Republican hold
Forty-seventh Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanJohn J. Hoellen, incumbent[2]10,01961.60
 DemocraticM.J. Schmidt[32]6,01937.01
 UnknownEric A. Sodersten2271.40
 Republican hold
Forty-eighth Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanJohn A. Massen, incumbent[2]8,17884.91
 UnknownRobert W. Hommes6636.88
 UnknownHarry A. Hooker3924.07
 UnknownDanny Goodman2392.48
 UnknownSamuel Sommers850.88
 UnknownAgis T. Nicholson740.77
 Republican hold
Forty-ninth Ward[1][3]
 RepublicanE.I. Frankhauser, incumbent[2]10,20363.03
 UnknownJ. Perry Quinlan5,42033.48
 UnknownArthur L. Israel3242.00
 UnknownChester S. Shaffer2401.48
 Republican hold
Fiftieth Ward, First Round[1][3]
 RepublicanAron K. Mose, incumbent[2][33]5,57425.35
 RepublicanCurtis F. Mellin5,52925.14
 UnknownWiley K. Galloway4,92022.37
 UnknownArthur W. Arneman4,37719.90
 DemocraticCarl H. Lundquist[34]1,4986.81
 UnknownHarry A. Martin930.43
Fiftieth Ward, Runoff[1][3]
 RepublicanCurtis F. Mellin13,34757.32
 RepublicanAron K. Mose, incumbent[2][33]9,93842.68
 Republican gain from Republican

See also

Chicago mayoral election, 1927


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