Chicago gets its first black mayor: The African-American Democrat Lori Lightfoot prevailed on Tuesday in a runoff against the black party girlfriend Toni Preckwinkle. Lightfoot received according to initial estimates, about 74 percent of the vote. The 56-year-old lawyer is also the first openly gay politician to be elected to the top of the third largest city in the USA.
Lightfoot, and Preckwinkle are both the left wing of their party. They had set in February in the first round of the election, surprisingly, against twelve competitors, of which the most temperate and representatives of the political Establishment. Incumbent Rahm Emanuel, the first chief of staff of Ex-President Barack Obama, had dispensed with a third party candidacy.
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Since 1837, it was in Chicago only a woman as mayor, as well as a black man. While Preckwinkle held a number of political Offices, had light food, contested their election campaign deliberately as an outsider. “The people hope that something else comes,” said the longtime Federal Prosecutor on Tuesday. “It is overwhelming to be a bearer of hope.”
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light food wants to curb the gun violence and the rampant corruption in the 2.7-million-inhabitant city. At the same time you committed to improving living conditions in majority Black populated, run-down neighborhoods in the South and West of the city, a came. The social inequalities are in the metropolis in the North of the USA is a huge Problem.
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light food should also be in favour of reforms in the police. The 56-Year-old had run in the past, among other things, a Committee for the Reform of the police, after a black teenager was shot dead by a white police officer.
the message of The election is clear, – said the political scientist Evan McKenzie: The voters wanted “new ideas and a cleaner government”. In no other major city in the USA so many people, the weapons are victims of violence in Chicago. Last year alone, more than 550 people in the city were murdered – more than in New York and Los Angeles.
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