Apr 2, 2019

Chicago elects Lori Lightfoot as its first black woman mayor

Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot

Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, was elected Tuesday night as Chicago's first openly gay and black woman mayor.

Details: With 51% of the vote counted, the AP called the race for Lightfoot. Lightfoot — who identifies as a lesbian — will be Chicago’s first woman of color to serve as the city's top elected official. She defeated Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who is also black, during a runoff.

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