North Side Democratic Committeeman selected Omar Aquino to finish out the remainder of State Sen. Willie Delgado’s term for the 2nd Senate District at a meeting held at Roots Pizza in West Town yesterday afternoon.
Aquino won the contentious Democratic Primary election for the seat this past March in a tight 52.95% to 47.05% margin against Angelica Alfaro. He had been floated as the likely placeholder by those familiar with the vote, as he’ll be sworn in to the seat January 2017.
“There is a sense since the vote in March that no one else is going to throw their hat in the ring,” said Jacob Kaplan with the Cook County Democrats hours before the vote.
And he was right. No other nominees’ names were brought forward, so the selection committee unanimously approved Aquino to the seat without ever going into executive session. The entire meeting lasted roughly 20 minutes, and it was Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios who made the first recommendation of Aquino to the seat.