By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Jay Travis conceded the race for Illinois’ 26th House District late Friday to incumbent Christian Mitchell.
“I am writing to let you know that I am officially conceding,” Travis said in a prepared campaign e-mail.
Travis’ concession comes on the heels of a close election that saw her receive 556 votes short of Mitchell – a difference of less than 6 percent. In the days following the election, Travis submitted a letter to the Illinois Board of Elections citing such voting irregularities as machine tampering and asking for “a full accounting” of votes, followed by a request for information.
“This past week we filed an official complaint with the Illinois Board of Elections, and have reviewed the hundreds of irregularities reported by voters and volunteers. I have deeply appreciated your continued support through the process,” added Travis in her Friday e-mail.
“As a result of this campaign, a multi-racial, intergenerational coalition has continued to meet, Travis continued, adding that “This coalition is ready to continue working.”
Before running for office, the political newcomer served as Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and a program officer at the Woods Fund of Chicago.