During her acceptance speech, Lightfoot echoed key campaign themes, “Today, you did more than make history. You created a movement for change.”
Tuesday’s historic victory follows a February 26 election in which Lightfoot won the top spot in a crowded 14-candidate field. As Lightfoot met with people throughout Chicago, her message of change and inclusivity continued to resonate, propelling her to victory in the Tuesday runoff election.
Lightfoot launched her campaign on May 10, 2018, when incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel was expected to run for a third term. At the time, Lightfoot was best known for her work as a federal prosecutor and, more recently, as chair of Chicago’s Police Accountability Task Force and president of the Chicago Police Board. Lightfoot focused her campaign on building a city government that works for everyone, regardless of race, neighborhood or political clout.
Lightfoot is the first Black woman and first LGBTQ+ person to be elected mayor of Chicago. Lightfoot was endorsed by a broad coalition of independent, progressive leaders and groups, including Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-2nd), Congressman Chuy Garcia (IL-4th) and Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5th). Lightfoot also earned the endorsements of more than 15 labor unions and the editorial boards of Chicago newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business.
Lightfoot ended her remarks by urging her supporters to hold hands, saying, “You may be strangers, but in this room, in this city, we are all neighbors. I want you to feel the power of unity, neighbor to neighbor, that comes when we unite, and join together as one Chicago, indivisible, and united for all.”