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Diversity is needed in politics

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History has been made after the landslide victory of Lori Lightfoot for mayor of Chicago, making her the first African-American woman and openly gay mayor in Chicago history.

According to The Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot swept all 50 of Chicago’s wards, winning 74 percent of the unofficial vote. While Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle lost at 26 percent. Lightfoot went from being in total obscurity as a former federal prosecutor to gaining massive support and toppling the head of the Cook County Democratic Party.

Also according to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot will become the third African-American and the second woman to serve as mayor. Harold Washington was the first black mayor elected in 1983 and re-elected 1987 but died in office later that year. Eugene Sawyer, Chicago’s second black mayor, served out the rest of Washington’s term until a 1989 special election. Jane Byrne was the first woman to serve as mayor and served one term from 1979 to 1983.

According to The Associated Press, Lightfoot promises to end political corruption and be a voice for low-income neighborhoods and minorities.

There has been a long-standing issues when it comes to corruption, class and race that has plagued the city of Chicago for many years prior, and Lightfoot claims to make changes to fix those issues. Also with the recent cases of police brutality in the city, maybe Chicago has found their answer to the problem.

“Today, you did more than make history,” Lightfoot told supporters at the Hilton Chicago on Tuesday night. “You created a movement for change.”

Politics aside, we at The Daily Eastern News support the monumental moment in the election of the first African-American woman and openly gay mayor in Chicago. Taking the steps toward a more diverse and equal set of governance in Chicago could end the current conflicts within the Chicago population.

Lightfoot will be sworn in as Chicago’ 56th mayor on May 20, and only time will tell what innovations she will bring to the city.

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Diversity is needed in politics