In a historic first, a gay African American woman was elected mayor of America's third largest city Tuesday, as Chicago voters entrusted a political novice with tackling hard problems of economic inequality and gun violence.
"As the first openly LGBTQ woman of color to be elected mayor in any of America's 100 largest cities and the first black woman to serve as mayor of Chicago, Lightfoot is an inspiration to thousands of LGBTQ people of color who have a new role model in elected office", Perez said.
"We were up against powerful interests", Lightfoot said in a victory speech, with her wife and young daughter by her side.
"We can and we will break this city's cycle of corruption", she said late Tuesday.
Ms Lightfoot previously led the city's police accountability task force.
"A Black lesbian taking power in the nation's third-largest city is a historic moment for so many communities that are too often ignored in American politics", Parker said. She says she has a mandate for change after carrying all 50 of the city's wards. She also oversaw Chicago's police oversight agency and had positions with the city's 911 center and procurement agency. She paid her way through school and attended law school at the University of Chicago.
The downtown business district and areas to the north and along the city's famed lake shore have enjoyed an economic boom even as more than 550 people were murdered previous year alone.More news: Scott McTominay Manchester United's surprise top performer vs Wolves
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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.
Since 1837, Chicago - the third largest city in the USA with some 2.7 million people - has chosen only one other black mayor and one other female mayor, although Lightfoot is the first openly-gay municipal chief executive.
"I think that the people who come from communities like me as an African-American woman, as a member of the LGBT community, we haven't sat in the corners of power", she said. "I'm excited what this election means for the people of Chicago and I want to wish the new Mayor of Chicago luck as she takes office", she added. "For one thing, this is clearly a historic night".
"Lori Lightfoot made herself into a federal prosecutor with her will and smarts and the content of her character", Kass wrote.
Lori Lightfoot will meet with commuters Wednesday morning at a Chicago Transit Authority train station. She will have just a few months to prepare a new budget, which in 2020 is expected to have a roughly $250 million deficit.