In Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, a black and lesbian mayor, was not elected to a second term

For forty years, Chicago has traditionally given its mayor at least two terms. Lori Lightfoot will not have this honor. The first black and openly lesbian mayor of America’s third-largest city failed to win re-election on Tuesday, Wednesday 1R March, American media.

“In life, in the end, we know you won’t always win the battle. But you’ll never regret facing the powerful and bringing light., Lori Lightfoot told her shocked supporters after conceding defeat. Chicago’s first elected mayor since 1983, when Jane Byrne, the city’s first female mayor, lost her Democratic primary and lost re-election.

Despite being blamed by his rivals for the rising crime rate in the city, he expressed his encouragement to his successor and asked him to pray. “The next mayor lives up to the expectations of the city’s residents for years to come”.

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Crime and Covid-19 weakened his support

Mme Lightfoot won every ward in the city in 2019 after promising to end decades of corruption and collusion at City Hall. But rising crime rates and the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic have weakened his support.

According to the newspaper Chicago Grandstand, two candidates have secured enough votes to advance to the April 4 runoff. Paul Wallace, former superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, was backed by the police union. Brandon Johnson, a Cook County elected official and former teacher, received support from the teachers union.

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