Chicago Elects First African American Female Mayor

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Yorbing Staff Wednesday April, 2019

WNYC, WBEZ Chicago April 2, 2019

Lori Lightfoot has won Chicago’s mayoral election, which capped a historic campaign between two African-American women who branded themselves as progressive and independent in a city known for its political machine.

After eight years of rule by Rahm Emanuel β€” a centrist Democrat who previously was a White House chief of staff and congressman β€” the results of Tuesday’s balloting mean Chicago will now be led now by a mayor who has never held elected office.

Lightfoot β€” a former federal prosecutor who has worked in police oversight β€” easily defeated Cook County Board president and county Democratic Party leader Toni Preckwinkle. With more than 70 percent of precincts reporting, Lightfoot had won 74 percent of the vote, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

“Thank you, Chicago. From the bottom of my heart, thank you,” a beaming Lightfoot told her supporters in a speech punctuated by fist pumps and waves to the crowd.

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