Lori Lightfoot Elected In Chicago Mayoral Election 2019 – Federal Prosecutor Lori Lightfoot will be the first openly gay person and first black woman as next mayor. Lori Lightfoot defeated Toni Preckwinkle in a runoff for Chicago mayor Tuesday.
Lori Lightfoot Elected In Chicago Mayoral Election 2019:
According to the Chicago board of elections, in 95 percent of precincts counted, Lori Lightfoot had 73.7 percent of the vote and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle 26.3 percent.
The next mayor Lori Lightfoot who will lead the city and will be Chicago’s first woman of color to serve as mayor, also means the Windy City is the biggest U.S. city to pick an openly gay mayor.
“My parents didn’t have much money, but they had their dignity and their dreams, dreams for their children, dreams for me,” Lightfoot, 56, said. “They taught me the value of honesty, decency, hard work and education, and they gave me faith, the faith that put me where I am today.”
“A lot of little boys and girls are out there watching us tonight, and they’re seeing the beginning of something, well, a little bit different,” Lightfoot said with a smile. “They’re seeing a city reborn, a city where it doesn’t matter what color you are, where it surely doesn’t matter how tall you are and where it doesn’t matter who you love, just as long as you love with all your heart.”
“A shrinking city, which is where we are right now, just will not do,” Lightfoot said. “To thrive, Chicago must grow. It simply must.”
“This may not be the outcome we wanted, but while I may be disappointed, I’m not disheartened,” Toni Preckwinkle, 72, told supporters at a Hyde Park nightclub Tuesday evening, “For one thing, this is clearly a historic night. Not long ago, two African-American women vying for this position would have been unthinkable. And while it may be true we took different paths to get here, tonight is about the path forward.”
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This campaign has been an incredible journey. We started out as underdogs, but our message of change resonated across the city. And today we have the chance to make history. Watch this video about our journey and then make sure to get the polls and vote before 7! #TeamLightfoot