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Leave a comment. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Associated Press reporter Don Babwin contributed. Additional Support Provided By:. In a landmark vote, the US city of Chicago has elected its first black female mayor and the first openly gay person to hold the post.
Lori Lightfoot will be Chicago’s first black female mayor
Democrat Lori Lightfoot, a year-old former federal prosecutor making her first run for elected office, won the Midwestern city's mayoral race on Tuesday in a lopsided victory. She beat Toni Preckwinkle, a career politician who is also black, by a wide margin of 74 to 26 percent with most ballots counted.
Chicago will become the largest US city to have a black woman serve as mayor when Lightfoot is sworn in on May She will join seven other black women currently serving as mayors in major US cities, including Atlanta and New Orleans, and will be the second woman as well as the third African American to lead Chicago. Lightfoot's ascendancy to the top of the Chicago government was a stunning development in a city where insider deals and entrenched party politics held sway for decades.
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