CHICAGO (FOX 32) - Political newcomer Lori Lightfoot has been elected Chicago mayor, becoming the first black female - and openly gay - leader of the city.
Lightfoot on Tuesday defeated Toni Preckwinkle, a former school teacher who served in the City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president in 2011.
The 56-year-old Lightfoot is a former federal prosecutor who campaigned on ridding Chicago's government of corruption. She also said she wanted to help low-income and working-class people she believes have been "left behind and ignored" by Chicago's political ruling class.
Lightfoot and Preckwinkle were the top two vote-getters in the February general election that saw 14 vie to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He decided against running for a third term.
Lightfoot will be sworn in May 20.
Thank you to everyone for your hard work and support throughout this campaign. It has been amazing meeting supporters from across the city, hearing your stories and sharing our vision for the future of Chicago! #TeamToni #ChiMayor19 pic.twitter.com/DjUeJEkEdD— Toni Preckwinkle (@toniforchicago) April 3, 2019
Polls close in 15 minutes. Remember, if you're in line at 7, YOU WILL GET TO VOTE—guaranteed! Stay in line! https://t.co/Z8UPx0t5ip #TeamLightfoot #LightfootGOTV #ChiMayor19 pic.twitter.com/Ch8iqmyGTw— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 2, 2019
The polls close in ONE HOUR, Chicago!— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 2, 2019
If you haven't yet—get out there and make your voice heard in this historic runoff election. And remember, if you're in line by 7, you'll get to vote!https://t.co/Z8UPx0t5ip #TeamLightfoot #LightfootGOTV pic.twitter.com/TqhvI72tt1
Thank you @Debrashore, @Kevin4cook, @josinamorita, and @Kim4Water for joining me at the Thompson Center stop. Together we will build a more equitable Chicago! #TimeForToni #ChiMayor19 #VoteToni4Chi pic.twitter.com/gcQwHT0F6Z— Toni Preckwinkle (@toniforchicago) April 2, 2019
Did you see @Aldermanburnett and I #DroppinBy the Academy Square Apartment Buildings greeting residents? #TeamToni has been on the move all day! I’ve already voted, but the polls are open until 7 PM! Vote! 🗳 https://t.co/rxINMliViF #TimeForToni #ChiMayor19 #VoteToni4Chi pic.twitter.com/nga3qxQzGq— Toni Preckwinkle (@toniforchicago) April 2, 2019
It was great #DroppinBy the Patrick Sullivan Senior Apartments @JudgeGregMathis and @aldermanburnett to chat with residents about the election and critical issues facing our city like healthcare and public safety. #TimeForToni #ChiMayor19 #VoteToni4Chi pic.twitter.com/82f3dKiA7R— Toni Preckwinkle (@toniforchicago) April 2, 2019