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Chicago Will Soon Have Its First Black Female Mayor

Chicago will be gaining its first Black female mayor come election day, April 2.

Chicago mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot (Left) and Toni Preckwinkle.

No matter who wins Chicago’s next Mayoral race, the city will be gaining its first Black female mayor come election day, April 2.

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle beat out 12 other candidates during a primary election Tuesday night, with Lightfoot earning 17.5 percent with 90,000 votes, and Preckwinkle earning 16 percent with 82,000 votes, according to NPR.

Taking third place was Williams Daley, a huge name in the city whose father and brother previously served as mayors of the Midwestern metropolis. While he spent millions more than other candidates, he pulled in 76,000 ballots, which is just shy of 15 percent of the vote.

Lightfoot once served under current Mayor Rahm Emanuel as chair of the police accountability task force. She was also president of the Chicago Police Board, once telling the Chicago Tribune, “There’s been nobody in the city that’s been a more vocal, persistent, demanding advocate for police reform and accountability than I have.”

She is also the first openly LGBTQ+ candidate for mayor of Chicago, receiving an endorsement from LPAC, an organization “dedicated to building the political voice of LGBTQ women.”

Preckwinkle is a former school teacher with decades of political experience under her belt. She was an alderman of the city’s 4th ward for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president in 2010. She’s also been endorsed for mayor by the Chicago Teachers Union.

“We may not yet be at the finish line, but we should acknowledge that history is being made,” Preckwinkle said Tuesday night. “It’s clear we’re at a defining moment in our city’s history, but the challenges that our city faces are not simply ideological. It’s not enough to say Chicago stands at a crossroads. We need to fight to change its course.”

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