Lori Lightfoot, an out black lesbian, will be advancing to a runoff in the marquee race for Chicago mayor.

 

According to the Advocate: With 85 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Lightfoot was leading the field of 14 candidates with 17 percent of the vote. Toni Preckwinkle, the current Cook County Board president, who is also an African-American woman, was second with 16 percent. Bill Daley, who worked in the Obama and Clinton administrations and is the brother and son of Chicago mayors, was third with 15 percent and has now conceded. Only the top two candidates go to the runoff, which will be held April 2 and means Chicago will have its first African-American woman mayor. The city is heavily Democratic, but municipal elections are officially nonpartisan.

 

Lightfoot was among the first candidates to challenge incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has since announced he won’t seek a third term. An attorney and the former president of the Chicago Police Board, her platform prioritizes public safety/gun violence, neighborhood schools, and neighborhood investment. 

 

"We also know how important representation in the halls of power is for LGBTQ people," said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. "None of America's three largest cities has elected an openly LGBTQ person to be mayor. Yet, we know that when LGBTQ people are seated at tables of power, they are able to share their stories and contribute to policies that affirm our lives. We can make history in Chicago, and show that representation matters at the highest level of municipal government."

 

Lightfoot, the first out LGBTQ candidate to run for Chicago mayor, also enjoys the endorsements of Victory Fund and LPAC, among others.

 

While we wait for every vote to be counted, we are incredibly thrilled with the votes that have come in. We congratulate...

Posted by Equality Illinois on Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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