Lori Lightfoot has won a historic landslide victory in Chicago’s mayoral election runoff. She is becoming the first black woman. Also, first openly gay person to hold the highest office in America’s third largest city.
Moreover, she said, “Together, we can and will finally put the interests of our people – all of our people. Ahead of the interests of a powerful few.” She said this in her victory speech on Tuesday night. This was vowing to bring an end to the city’s gun violence, and “break this city’s endless cycle of corruption”.
However, late results showed Lightfoot, 56, who capitalized on her status as an outsider in a city. She long defined by insider politics, won every one of the city’s 50 wards. The reform candidate defeated Toni Preckwinkle. He was the one who was for months seen as the favorite to win.
Further, she will succeed the outgoing mayor, Rahm Emanuel, later this spring.
Moreover, a crowd of supporters packed the ornate Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom in downtown on Tuesday evening. They erupted in raucous cheers as outlets called the election for Lightfoot. This was in less than an hour after polls closed. The mayor-elect took the stage a little after 9pm local time. The supporters – some of whom toted signs bearing her campaign slogan, “Bring in the Light” – chanted Lightfoot’s name.