Published: Thu, April 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Lori Lightfoot elected first black, lesbian mayor of Chicago

Lori Lightfoot elected first black, lesbian mayor of Chicago

"In this election Toni and I were competitors, but our differences are nothing compared to what we can achieve together", Lightfoot said. Chance the Rapper, a Chicago native, also endorsed her.

Embarrassingly, voters issued such a rejection of Preckwinkle that she even lost her own Ward by 20 points.

McDonald was a 17-year-old boy shot dead by police in a 2014 encounter caught on police dash cam video. Ross said she believes Lightfoot will be better able to clean up the police department and curb the city's violence.

"For Chicago, Ms. Lightfoot's win signalled a notable shift in the mood of voters and a rejection of an entrenched political culture that has more often rewarded insiders and dismissed unknowns", reports the New York Times. Human Rights Campaign said she's pledged to improve police training and investigate hate crimes, and address the needs of the city's LGBTQ community. "They're seeing a city reborn, a city where it doesn't matter what color you are, where it surely doesn't matter how tall you are and where it doesn't matter who you love - just as long as you love with all your heart".

Lori Lightfoot speaks at her election night party Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Chicago.

"It is historic because a black, openly gay sister is out there", Campbell said. All I can do is the here and now and say: "'Here I am, and now we move forward'". You created a movement for change. But she noted there is much hard work ahead.

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Prior to that, she was first deputy procurement officer for the Chicago Department of Procurement Services in 2005 and chief of staff and general counsel for Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

"Honeymoons come and go, and I want to make sure we're doing all we can to really breathe life into the historic nature of this election", she said.

Lightfoot, who had never been elected to public office, delivered a commanding victory over Toni Preckwinkle, who served in the City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president.

Lori Lightfoot, 56, who had served as an assistant US attorney before entering private practice as an attorney, emerged as the surprising leader in the first round of voting in February when 14 candidates were on the ballot.

But, Lightfoot joined Preckwinkle and the Rev. Jesse Jackson for a unity news conference at Rainbow PUSH headquarters on Wednesday morning. "All across our country, more and more black women are showing what they can do in positions of leadership", said London Breed, the first African-American woman elected mayor of San Francisco.

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