It’s off to the races for Chicago Mayor

Mayor Lori Lightfoot conceded early Tuesday in her bid for re-election, leaving left the door open for Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson and former Chicago Public School’s CEO, to battle it out to become Chicago’s next mayor.

Johnson had 20 percent of the vote to Vallas’ 35 percent. Election day is April 4.

Johnson said he would hire mental health workers to meet with citizens going through a mental health crisis and have police deal with real crime. The Chicago Teachers Union backs Johnson.

Vallas said he would hire more police officers to make Chicago residents feel safer. The Fraternal Order of Police backs him.

As the first campaign ended, Police superintendent Dave Brown said he resigned to take a position in private industry.

Lightfoot, an openly Gay person, is the 56th mayor of Chicago.