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Chicago Elects Their First Black and Openly Gay Mayor

The city of Chicago has something new to be proud of.

According to NBC News, the city has just elected it’s first black women, and openly gay person as it’s mayor. In a close race, Lori Lightfoot won the election. Her opponent, Toni Preckwinkle, also a black woman, came in second, with just 26.3 percent of the votes needed to win.

Lightfoot, who previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney, expressed her optimism for the future. “In this election Toni and I were competitors, but our differences are nothing compared to what we can achieve together,” Lightfoot said. “Now that it’s over, I know we will work together for the city that we both love.”

Following her win, Lightfoot has a lot in store for Chicago. Part of her promises includes investing more into West and Southside neighborhoods, bringing accountability and transparency to City Hall, and putting an end to corruption within City Hall. She also wants to endure plans for a casino, which will hopefully help bring more money to the city.

Lori Lightfoot is a part of the Democratic party.

Thoughts? Do you expect great things from Lori Lightfoot, now that she’s in office? Share your thoughts below.

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