First African-American Woman To Be Elected As Mayor Of Chicago

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Lori Lightfoot becomes the first African-American woman to become a mayor of Chicago.

On Tuesday, Lori Lightfoot became the first black female candidate to be elected as mayor of Chicago. It is “the largest American city” to ever elect an African-American woman, reports Vox. Lightfoot won the race against “Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, who was also a black woman”.

“I’m running because, fundamentally, I think our city is going in the wrong direction,” Lightfoot said. “And when I looked at the body of work, I became convinced that the big, tough issues that needed to be addressed, would not be addressed by this mayor and this administration.”