Chicago Elects First Black Female Mayor

This week, Chicago elected lawyer Lori Lightfoot to be Mayor of the city, making history as the first African-American woman to the lead the nation’s third largest city. She’s also the city’s first openly gay official elected for this role.

Lightfoot, a former law firm partner and federal prosecutor, campaigned on affordable housing, restructuring resources towards neighborhoods in need and on reforming the police department. She won her race with 73 percent of the city’s votes and will be sworn into her new role on May 20.

The Realist Woman’s take:

It’s always encouraging and inspiring to see these historic moments take place. Our country needs someone who can understand them on a personal level. Lightfoot came from humble beginnings and worked her way up to become Mayor of the third largest city in the country, quite a feat for an openly gay African-American woman.

Chicago, like many major metropolitan areas, has more problems than it seems to be able to handle. And they need someone like Lightfoot who is an advocate for change and serious about addressing the city’s dire issues. We’ll have to wait and see how she utilizes this role for the good of the city but I think this time Chicago got it right.