Historic first: Chicago gets a lesbian African-American woman mayor

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First Published 3, Apr 2019, 9:05 AM IST
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Historic first: Chicago gets a gay African-American woman mayor
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Lori Lightfoot, a 56-year-old former federal prosecutor and practicing lawyer who has never before held elected office, won the Midwestern city's mayoral race in a lopsided victory.

In a historic first, a lesbian African American woman was elected mayor of America's third largest city Tuesday, as Chicago voters entrusted a political novice with tackling difficult problems of economic inequality and gun violence.

Lori Lightfoot, a 56-year-old former federal prosecutor and practicing lawyer who has never before held elected office, was elected the midwestern city's mayor in a lopsided victory.

She beat out Toni Preckwinkle, who is also an African American woman, by a wide margin of 74 to 26 per cent in early voting results with most ballots counted.

Interestingly, Lightfoot will become Chicago's first openly gay mayor and the first African-American woman to hold the post. Since 1837, Chicago voters have elected only one black mayor and one female mayor.

With inputs from PTI

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