Lori Lightfoot cruised to victory in the Chicago mayoral runoff election on April 2, becoming the first out lesbian black woman to lead the nation's third largest city. The next mayor of Chicago will be openly gay.
Joyce Ross, 64, supported Lightfoot and said one of the reasons she's most excited about her taking office stems from her own unsuccessful efforts to get a city job decades ago. "You created a movement for change". In that contest, Lightfoot yielded 17.54 percent, while Preckwinkle had 16.04 percent and Daley trailed close behind with 14.78 percent of the vote.
For black residents, "you can't help but feel that the city and the city leaders have turned their backs on you", Cobb said.
But she faces major challenges, including Chicago's deep financial problems. And that case tainted some of the other candidates who had ties to him.
Lightfoot, 56, won in convincing fashion, defeating the 72-year-old Cook County board president and 19-year alderman in all 50 of the city's wards.
CORLEY: And during the runoff election between them, it was a battle over who was the most progressive since they had similar policies. Preckwinkle stood beside her.
INSKEEP: Well, when you talk about who's the most progressive, one factor in this, I suppose, is diversity.
Chicago's new mayor-elect plans to start her day greeting voters downtown before attending a unity news conference with her opponent in Tuesday's election. Was that a big factor for voters?
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In debates, Lightfoot, a former corporate lawyer, said the city has to demonstrate it can be a "better fiscal steward" before it seeks more revenue. And last night, to some roaring cheers at her victory party, Lightfoot said the election proved that it didn't matter who a person loved.
Lightfoot celebrated her historic win by kissing her spouse, Amy Eshleman, on stage. We will embrace our uniqueness. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.
INSKEEP: Although, isn't she going to have to work with the person she just defeated in order to achieve those goals?
Lori Lightfoot will be the windy city's first gay African American woman to serve as mayor. But her childhood in Massillon, Ohio, shaped the person she would become, according to those who knew her then. And those were historic moments as a black woman had never held those posts either.
Jackson on Saturday asked the two candidates if they would sign a pledge agreeing to the Tuesday meeting.
Born in 1962, Lightfoot had been president of the Chicago Police Board before announcing candidacy for Mayor of Chicago in the 2019 elections on May 10, 2018. "And they're seeing the beginning of something, well, a little bit different". So I don't think it's any reflection on their campaign.
INSKEEP: Although only 32 percent of the voters showed up to make this choice.
INSKEEP: OK. That's NPR's Cheryl Corley in Chicago.