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History, or should I say herstory, has been made in Chicago. Lori Lightfoot not only beat Toni Preckwinkle in a run-off race but basically swept her with over 70 percent of the unofficial vote. Lightfoot is now the first black women to take the mayoral seat, and also the first openly gay Chicago mayor.
Previously an assistant U.S. attorney before deciding to enter private practice, Lightfoot has never been held elective office before, making this moment even more monumental for her. She stood tall (even though she is on the short side) and defended herself in the midst of the discouraging words and lack of support that came from others including Chance the Rapper, who endorsed Amara Enyia and later Preckwinkle. Even though Preckwinkle loss, the two woman came together at a news conference a day after the race and vowed to work together for the greater good for the city.
On the night of the runoff Lightfoot said to her supporters “Today, you did more than make history.” She went on to say “You created a movement for change.” Her words may be true, but will she be able to live up to the all of the promises she’s made to the citizens of Chicago? I guess we’ll have to just wait and see.
By Cierra Lemott, Junior, Brooks College Prep
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