AURORA, Ill. (CBS) – The Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, won his offer for re-election on Tuesday evening with a majority of the votes.
With 76 percent of the vote at 9:15 p.m., Irvin Irvin had 5,736 votes, or 52.4. The challenger John Laesch had 26.5 percent of the vote and the challenger Judd Lofchie 20.9 percent.
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Irvin, a former Kane County attorney, was elected Aurora’s first black mayor in 2017.
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He spent his formative years as the son of a single mother in public housing and later joined the military and served on Operation Desert Storm, which he believes marked a turning point that led to his focus on public service.
Irvin attended Robert Morris University college and received his law degree from Northern Illinois University.
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Upon his re-election, Irvin promoted plans to further improve public safety and problem policing, education, economic development and technology.