A former federal prosecutor beat out her opponent in a runoff on Tuesday to become the next Mayor of Chicago. NBC News (@NBCnews) reported, The Associated Press called the race for Lori Lightfoot shortly before 8pm local time. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, beat out opponent Toni Preckwinkle in the runoff election. With over 90% of precinct results in, Lightfoot led Preckwinkle 73.7% to 26.3%. Lightfoot stood before an excited crowd as she declared victory
“In this election Toni and I were competitors, but our differences are nothing compared to what we can achieve together. Now that it’s over, I know we will work together for the city we both love.”
The Chicago election runoff was slated to be historic either way the results turned out. One of the two candidates were destined to become Chicago’s first black female Mayor. Lightfoot (56), was a former Assistant U.S attorney before entering private practice. This was her very first run at politics. Her opponent, Preckwinkle (72), is a former school teacher. Preckwinkle served on the Chicago City Council for 19-years before ultimately becoming Cook County Board president in 2011. They both beat William “Bill” Daley whose family has a long history in Chicago politics. His father and brother both served as Chicago Mayor for a combined 40 + years.