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Karen Lewis Overwhelmingly Elected to Second Term as Chicago Teachers Union President

CHICAGO – National Board Certified Teacher Karen GJ Lewis has retained her position as president of the Chicago Teachers Union, according to unofficial, preliminary results from today’s election, receiving an overwhelming 80 percent of the votes.  In addition, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) has also retained the remaining officer positions including Jesse Sharkey as vice president, Michael Brunson as recording secretary and Kristine Mayle as financial secretary.  The slate also won all of its executive board and convention delegates.

Lewis’ new term begins July 1 and will last three years. The CORE team defeated the Coalition to Save Our Union in in all of its executive board and regional positions. Over 26,000 CTU members, including teachers, paraprofessionals, school clinicians were eligible to vote in today’s election.

The election was administrated by the American Arbitration Association (Triple A) and was monitored by the union’s Rules & Election Committee as well as observers representing both caucuses. The final, audited vote totals will be released later in the week.