Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot won the election for the mayor of Chicago by defeating Toni Preckwinkle in a runoff election.
She will be the first openly gay person and first black woman to lead the Windy City.
The Associated Press called the race for Lightfoot shortly before 8 p.m. local time.
With over 91 percent of precincts in, Lightfoot led Preckwinkle 73.7 percent to 26.3 percent, according to the Chicago board of elections website.
The new mayor-elect responded to the win by pumping her fists in the air and the crowd cheered. She said “Thank you Chicago!”
“In this election Toni and I were competitors, but our differences are nothing compared to what we can achieve together,” Lightfoot said. “Now that it’s over, I know we will work together for the city that we both love.”
“Today, you did more than make history,” Lightfoot said. “You created a movement for change.”
Lightfoot, who is 56-years-old, was an assistant U.S. attorney before she entered private practice, has never held elective office before.
The runoff election was going to be historic either way because one of the two candidates was going to be Chicago’s first black female mayor. The city is around 33 percent black, according to 2010 Census data.
Preckwinkle told her base Tuesday evening that she called Lightfoot to congratulate her.
“This may not be the outcome we wanted, but while I may be disappointed, I’m not disheartened,” she said. “For one thing, this is clearly a historic night. Not long ago, two African-American women vying for this position would have been unthinkable.”
Preckwinkle, 72-years-old, is a former schoolteacher who served on the Chicago City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president in 2011. She came in second in the February race, getting 16.1 percent of the vote to Lightfoot’s 17.5 percent.
Lightfoot said that as mayor, she would focus on investing in neighborhoods on the West and South Sides and bring transparency and accountability to City Hall. She also said she also wants to end City Hall corruption and restore people’s faith in government.