Lori Lightfoot has been elected as the first Black female mayor in Chicago’s 182-year history.
Lightfoot, a former Chicago Police Board President and assistant United States Attorney was able to turn out more voters in her favor against her opponent, Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle. Since the two Black women emerged as the front runners in the mayoral race, it has been clear that regardless of who won, history would be made on April 2nd.
“No matter which one of us wins, Chicago will make history on April 2nd by electing the first Black woman mayor. It’s long overdue,” Preckwinkle tweeted as the two advanced back in February.
During her speech Lightfoot acknowledged the significance of her historic election.
“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. They’re seeing a city reborn. A city where it doesn’t matter what color you are… Where it doesn’t matter who you love, just as long as you love with all your heart.”
She will be sworn in on May 20th.