By Joseph Anthony, FWD News
10:26 PM EST, February 28, 2023
(Fwd) – CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has lost her bid for re-election Tuesday. She becomes the first Chicago mayor in 40 years to lose re-election. The Democrat previously made history as the city’s first Black woman and openly gay mayor.
The Associated Press projected that the incumbent Democratic candidate did not receive enough votes in the nine-candidate race to advance to a runoff election on April 4.
Tuesday night at her party in downtown Chicago, the mayor admitted defeat saying, “Obviously we didn’t win the election today, but I stand here with my head held high.”
A runoff election will be held between the two winners of the first round of voting. Brandon Johnson, a Cook County commissioner, and Paul Vallas, a former CEO of Chicago schools, Johnson has the backing of the Chicago Teachers Union.