The face of Chicago is in for a dramatic change with the city’s candidates for mayor.
The Chicago Tribune reported Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle have taken their marks in the race for the mayoral seat. Unofficial results showed the ladies beat out a packed choice of 14 candidates before finally winning enough votes on Tuesday. Lightfoot closed out with 17.5% of the votes, while Preckwinkle earned a close 16%.
Toni expressed recognition of the record-breaking movement to a crowd of supporters in Hyde Park. However, she kept focussing on the work that must continue within the Windy City.
“It’s clear we’re at a defining moment in our city’s history, but the challenges that our city faces are not simply ideological. It’s not enough to say Chicago stands at a crossroads. We need to fight to change its course.”
The achievement is great since the last female mayor was Jane Bryne, who served from 1979 to 1983. This is also a potentially giant leap for the LGBTQ community. Lori Lightfoot would be the first openly gay representative to take the official position. One will also take on the title as the second African-American elected mayor since Harold Washington (1983-1987).
Chicago can look forward to finding their next fearless leader in April.