Employment and Labor Losing ground By The Chicago Reporter | September 24, 2007 More More on Employment and Labor Subscribe to Employment and Labor Votes garnered by African American mayoral candidates in Chicago have plummeted since Harold Washington became the city’s first black mayor. In 2003, the Rev. Paul Jakes Jr. received fewer than 10 percent of the votes Washington received in 1983. Note: Vote totals are for general elections only. Source: Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.