UPDATED 7:07 AM PT — Wednesday, April 3, 2019
A political outsider is set to replace Rahm Emmanuel as mayor of Chicago. Lori Lightfoot swept to victory Tuesday night, becoming the first African American woman and openly gay person elected as the city’s mayor.
Lightfoot took home 73-percent of the vote, making this her first time elected to public office.
Her opponent — Toni Preckwinkle — has served on Chicago’s City Council for almost 20-years, and is currently the chairwoman of the county’s Democrat Party. However, Lightfoot’s platform of cracking down on corruption appealed to many low-income and working class residents.
“You know, when we started this journey 11-months ago, nobody gave us much of a chance — we are up against powerful interests, a powerful machine and a powerful mayor,” stated Lightfoot. “But we had faith — an abiding faith in this city, its people and in its future.”
Lightfoot will be sworn-in as Chicago’s 56th mayor on May 20, 2019.