Chicago Elects Lori Lightfoot As City’s First Black Woman And 1st Openly Gay Mayor

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot defeated Toni Preckwinkle in a runoff for Chicago mayor Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay person and first African-American woman to lead the city.

Voters overwhelmingly chose Lightfoot, an attorney who once worked to root out corruption in Chicago’s Department of Procurement Services but who had never held public office before.

The Associated Press called the race for Lightfoot shortly before 8 p.m. local time.

With over 91 percent of the precincts reporting, Lightfoot led Preckwinkle 73.7 percent to 26.3 percent.

Lightfoot pumped her fist in the air and the crowd cheered when she said,

“Thank you, Chicago!” Lightfoot said as she pumped her fist in the air as the crowd cheered.

“In this election Toni and I were competitors, but our differences are nothing compared to what we can achieve together,” Lightfoot said. “Now that it’s over, I know we will work together for the city that we both love.”

“Today, you did more than make history,” Lightfoot said. “You created a movement for change.”