Chicago Elects First Black Woman and Openly Gay Mayor

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Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot clinches her fist as she speaks during her election night celebration election in Chicago. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)

Lori Lightfoot has become the first African American woman and first openly gay person to lead Chicago, defeating City Council member Toni Preckwinkle — also a Black woman — in a runoff for the city’s mayoral election on April 3.

With 91 percent of the precincts in, Lightfoot was leading Preckwinkle with a wide margin — 73.7 percent to 26.3 percent — according to the Associated Press, which cited the Chicago Board of Elections’ website. AP called the race in favor of Lightfoot around 8 p.m. local time.

“In this election Toni and I were competitors, but our differences are nothing compared to what we can achieve together. Now that it’s over I know that we will work together for the city that we both love,” Lightfoot…

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  • Grace Clear

    Toni Preckwinkle is currently the Cook County Board President, she was a City Council member for many years prior to her current position. I sincerely hope that these two strong women will work together for the betterment of Chicago and its people. Congradulations!

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