Lori Lightfoot Makes History as Chicago’s First Black Woman Mayor

Lori Lightfoot Makes History as Chicago’s First Black Woman Mayor

Lori Lightfoot Makes History as Chicago’s First Black Woman Mayor

"This may not be the outcome we wanted, but while I may be disappointed, I'm not disheartened", said Preckwinkle, who called Lightfoot to congratulate her on the victory. "To be the vessel for that is overwhelming", Ms Lightfoot told reporters earlier after the polls opened. Lightfoot also held roles as interim first deputy of the Chicago Department of Procurement Services, chief of staff and general counsel of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. "But we had faith - an abiding faith in this city, its people and in its future". She will join seven other black women now serving as mayors in major USA cities, including Atlanta and New Orleans, and will be the second woman to lead Chicago.

But Lightfoot often entered cases near their conclusion to help work out payouts to people alleging misconduct and discrimination, the Tribune said.

In an interview past year, after announcing her candidacy, she said: "People know that judging someone on the basis of who they love is not, should never be, a barrier to participation in public life and we have been embraced wherever we are".

Web designer Mary Farrelly, 30, in the city's north side said she did not like that Preckwinkle imposed a soda tax on Cook County in 2017 and supported Lightfoot.

"I've urged the U.S. Attorney's Office, my former colleagues, to reopen their grand jury investigation and if they determine that there are no civil rights violations they can bring, they need to have a fulsome grand jury report", she said. Indeed, her win is a historic one.

Preckwinkle acknowledged that two black women vying for the top spot in Chicago was historic. "And while it may be true that we took two very different paths to get here, tonight is about the path forward".

She emerged as the surprising leader in the first round of voting in February when 14 candidates were on the ballot to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who decided against running for a third term. Burke was connected with several of Lightfoot's challengers, including Preckwinkle, whom she would go on to beat on Tuesday.

Lightfoot will be inaugurated in May.

With more than half of precincts counted, former president of independent civilian body the Chicago Police Board, Lightfoot, 56, had 74 percent of votes while Preckwinkle, 72, a longtime local politician had 26 percent in a runoff to become Chicago's 56th mayor.

At times, Lightfoot faced an uphill battle in becoming Mayor of Chicago.

Before joining the Lightfoot's mayoral campaign, Perez served as campaign manager for Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who endorsed Lightfoot.

Preckwinkle picked up endorsements from several unions, including the Chicago Teachers Union and the Service Employees International Union state council. She also had represented corporate clients accused of discrimination and Chicago officials defending accusations of police misconduct.

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