Garrido won't seek recount; Arena victor in 45th Ward

April 11, 2011 2:44:27 PM PDT
John Garrido has thrown in the towel in the contested 45th Ward election race -- making John Arena the victor.

At the Cook County Board of Elections on Monday, judges counted the remaining seven provisional ballots.

Garrido got four of them -- not enough to overcome Arena's 29 vote lead.

Garrido released a statement saying he would not seek a recount, which would have cost tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

He was the Republican Party's last chance to have one of its own on the City Council.