History made as black woman is elected first gay mayor in Chicago

History made as black woman is elected first gay mayor in Chicago

- Lori Lightfoot beat 13 other candidates to become the city's first black female mayor

- Although this was the first time she vied for a political office, she garnered 74% of the votes

- Lightfoot, who is gay, was a federal prosecutor before she joined the politics of Chicago city

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A 56-year-old African-American woman has been elected the first black female mayor of Chicago city in the United States of America (USA).

Lori Lightfoot scored a number of firsts as she also became the first ever female gay major in Chicago city after beating 13 other candidates in the political battle for the powerful office.

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History made as African-American is elected first female gay mayor in Chicago city

Lori Lightfoot made History when she was elected the first ever African-American mayor in Chicago city. She was also the city's first gay mayor. Photo: Black Enterprise.

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Reports seen by Briefly.co.za on Thursday, 4 April indicated Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor with little experience in politics, won the coveted mayoral race after garnering 74% of the votes.

Lightfoot, BBC reported, took to the podium with her wife and daughter to celebrate the landslide poll victory on Wednesday night as a crowd of supporters cheered her on.

"In the Chicago we will build together, we will celebrate our differences. We will embrace our uniqueness. And we will make certain that we all have every opportunity to succeed," she tweeted in reaction to her historic win.

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During her campaign for the office, Lightfoot promised the residents of Chicago city she will strive to improve the lives of low-income families.

She also promised to bring to an end what she termed as political corruption in the city of Chicago during her reign as mayor.

The new mayor will also be confronted with the issues of gang violence, gun crime and murder which equally featured prominently in her agenda for the city.

As of 2017, Chicago, one of the largest cities in America, had a population of 2.7 million people.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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