Lori Lightfoot elected to be first female African-American mayor of Chicago – CNN

(CNN)While celebrating her victory in becoming the first African-American woman picked to lead Chicago, Lori Lightfoot thanked the city and those who blazed the trail for her victory.

“We may be strangers but in this room, in this city we are all neighbors,” she told a cheering crowd following her win.
Lightfoot faced a historic runoff Tuesday against Toni Preckwinkle, who is also an African-American woman.
“Now that it’s over I know that we will work together for the city that we both love,” Lightfoot said at her campaign celebration. “Today you did more than make history, you created a movement for change.”
She told her followers they were going to remake Chicago, home to 2.7 million people.
“Now we’re going to take the next steps together,” she said. “Together we can and will finally put the interests of our people, all of our people, against the interests of a powerful few.”
Her competitor vowed to keep working on issues important to her.
“This may not be the outcome we wanted but while I may be disappointed, I’m not disheartened,” Preckwinkle told supporters after she called Lightfoot to congratulate her.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was not in the race, as he was not seeking a third term.
Lightfoot, 56, a former assistant US attorney, describes herself as “an out and proud black lesbian.” When she is sworn in, she will be the first mayor in the Windy City who identifies as a lesbian.
“Out there tonight a lot of little girls and boys are watching. They’re watching us. And they’re seeing the beginning of something, well, a little bit different,” Lightfoot told the crowd on Tuesday with a wry smile.
“They’re seeing a city reborn. A city where it doesn’t matter what color you are,” she continued. “Where it doesn’t matter who you love, just as long as you love with all your heart
— Read on www.cnn.com/2019/04/02/us/chicago-mayoral-election-results/index.html

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