Joe won. That is not a total surprise. He did it by 72% to Brian's 28%. As with the Mayoral election, the percentage is deceiving.
By Joe's own statement there are 21,000 registered voters in the ward. As I write, the actual vote total was 9,522 or 45% of the registered electorate. Joe received 6,857 of the votes available from the total registered voters, or 32.65% of the registered voters. Again, those who chose to stay away have given up their power to others.
This is how it happens people. When we give up our power to others by not taking action on our own, the outcomes are not necessarily what we want. No poll can substitute for actual voting if we are to assess the true will of the people.
Joe is the Alderman for the next four years. It is up to us to see to it that he is OUR alderman and not merely the representative of those who showed up and voted for him.