Lori Lightfoot became the first African American female and open gay person to be elected as mayor. In a landmark vote, the citizens of Chicago has elected her as the first black female mayor.
Democrat Lori Lightfoot, a 56-year-old beat Toni Preckwinkle. Lori won the mayoral race Tuesday by a wide margin of 74 to 26 percent.
“We were up against powerful interests,” Lightfoot said in a victory speech.
“Today, you did more than make history, you created a movement for change,” she addressed to a cheering crowd.
She will be replacing Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a member in the Democratic Party and former Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff.
Lori will be joining other black women who are serving as mayors in major US cities. She will also be the second and third African American to lead.She promised to increase affordable housing for everyone, fight crime and help homeless people.
Out of 14 contenders, Lightfoot and Preckwinkle were the final two left for the election.
“I think about the children, and the city they will grow up in and what it will mean for young boys and girls to see leaders who look like them in the mayor’s office. You know what they say, ‘You cannot be what you cannot see,’” Preckwinkle said during an election rally.
“I hope this election tells them that no dream is too big or challenge too great. And this is truly a historic moment.”
She said, “I think that the people who come from communities like me as an African-American woman, as a member of the LGBT community, we haven’t sat in the corners of power”.
“It’s quite the opposite. We’ve been discriminated against. We’ve been locked out, and we’ve been excluded. And to have someone like me representing these multifaceted communities now be on the cusp of being the mayor and what I think is the greatest city in the world, I think gives a lot of people a lot of hope — and it is a milestone in a long journey that will continue to demonstrate though that we’re making progress.”