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Lori Lightfoot goes down in history as a one-term mayor of Chicago as the first Black and openly-gay woman.
With 88.8 % of precincts reporting by the Associated Press, the mayor received 16.4% of the vote behind Paul Vallas, the former Chicago Public Schools CEO who received 35.02% and Cook County Commissioner and Chicago Teachers Union organizer Brandon Johnson, who garnered 20.25%.
Vallas, 69, and Johnson, 46, will likely face off in the April 4 runoff to decide who will become the 57th mayor of Chicago turning it into a generational spirited race.
“Obviously, we didn’t win the election. But, I stand here with my head held high and my heart full of thanks,” Lighfoot told her supporters.
“You will not be defined by how you fall. You will be defined by how hard you work and how much you do for other people,” Lightfoot added.
“I haven’t been this happy since my son returned from Afghanistan,” Vallas exclaimed to his supporters after Lightfoot’s concession.
Returning to his law-and-order message, Vallas said, “We will have a safe Chicago. We will make Chicago the safest city in America.”
Lightfoot’s tenure was engulfed by the rise in crime, civil unrest, the pandemic, teachers’ strike, and her battles with Chicago’s City Council and other elected officials.
Chicago today has 1,700 police vacancies with an ever-rising crime rate.
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