Newly elected Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot scored a landslide victory that marks a clear call for change at City Hall and an end to the insider politics and scandals that have long defined America’s third-largest city.
Lightfoot’s victory also marks a historic first for the city, as she becomes its first African-American female and openly lesbian to hold the office.
Lightfoot Wins by a Landslide
Lightfoot, 56, is a former federal prosecutor and activist who has never held previously been elected to public office.
An underdog in the race, Lightfoot captured 74 percent of the vote winning every one of the city’s 50 wards over longtime former City Council member Toni Preckwinkle, who is currently president of the Cook County Board. Both women were seeking to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who decided not to run for a third term.
“Together we can and will make Chicago a place where your zip code doesn’t determine your destiny,” Lightfoot pledged at her victory party. “We can and we will break this city’s endless cycle of corruption and never again — never ever — allow politicians to profit from elected positions.”