London Breed is the first African-American woman elected to be mayor of San Francisco. Former California state Sen. Mark Leno conceded defeat in the state’s mayoral race to Breed. On Tuesday, she had the upper hand with a 1,861-vote lead over Leno with about 9,360 votes still to be counted, according to the city Department of Elections.
“I called Supervisor London Breed this morning to congratulate her … and to wish her every success both personally and professionally in her new job as mayor of San Francisco,” Leno said during a news conference. He could have been the first openly gay mayor of San Francisco.
There’s no word from Breed’s camp on her win just yet but she does share her plans on what she wants to do as mayor.
As mayor, I will create more housing and help those struggling with homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness get the support and services they need.
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) May 8, 2018
Breed was born and raised in San Francisco and grew up in public housing in the district she now represents. She was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2012 and was named its president in 2015.
In January, Breed brought 10 young girls with her to the city Department of Elections to watch her fill out the paperwork that would officially launch her bid for San Francisco’s top job, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I wanted these young ladies to know that if I can be mayor, they can be mayor, too,” Breed said.