Chicago Elects First Black Female Lesbian Mayor as Socialists Gain

Chicago Elects First Black Female Lesbian Mayor as Socialists Gain

In spite of the obvious challenges Lightfoot will face as mayor of a city plagued by violence, CNN's John Berman turned back to the "historical nature" of her election. She will also be the city's first openly gay mayor.

During her campaign, she promised to end the corruption at City Hall where political scandals and insider deals have left low-income and working-class people ignored by the city's political ruling class, according to Fox News. It was a message that resonated with voters tired of political scandal and insider deals, and who said the city's leaders for too long have invested in downtown at the expense of neighborhoods. "The Mayor!" echoing around her, Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot heaped praise on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, as the two stood side-by-side Wednesday, trading compliments after a tough campaign. She has never held political office, while Preckwinkle was a city councilwoman for nearly 20 years before becoming Cook County board president in 2010.

Lightfoot, appearing with Preckwinkle and other high-profile African American leaders at Rainbow Push Coalition on the South Side, pledged to work with Preckwinkle on a host of issues. "But when that's all said and done, what changes are they going to make?"

On day one, she will also have to find a way to ease tension between the police department and state's attorney after prosecutors chose to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a hate crime attack.

Lori Lightfoot waves to supporters as she speaks at her election night party Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Chicago.

"Not long ago, the idea that two African American women would be vying for this spot would have been considered impossible". "While it may be true that we took different paths to get here, tonight is about the path forward".

Another stated on the front: "The Gay Equality Act!" Lightfoot will replace Rahm Emanuel, who did not seek a third term.

When she is sworn in, she will be the first mayor in Chicago who identifies as a lesbian.

Ms Lightfoot previously led the city's police accountability task force.

"My momma always said birds of a feather flock together, " Ross said.

"I'm not sure Lightfoot would be able to handle the job like Preckwinkle", she said.

In one ad, Preckwinkle criticizes Lightfoot's oversight of the emergency communications in 2004 when a fire killed four children.

"It is a city-wide rejection of the Chicago political establishment at the mayoral level", Evan McKenzie, political science professor at the University of IL in Chicago, told AFP.

The downtown business district, and areas to the north and along the city's famed lake shore, have enjoyed an economic boom even as more than 550 people were murdered previous year alone.

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