Lori Lightfoot becomes the first Chicago Mayor in 40 years to lose re-election

Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s Democratic Mayor, failed to receive enough votes in the nine-person race to move on to the April 4th runoff election. Lightfoot had made history as the first Black Woman and first openly gay person to serve as mayor of Chicago. Mayor Lightfoot conceded defeat saying, “obviously we didn’t win re-election today, but I stand here with my head held high.” The mayoral election will now be decided between Paul Vallas, former CEO of Chicago Schools, and Brandon Johnson, a Cook County Commissioner endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union.

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