Lightfoot becomes one of Chicago’s only one term mayor in decades.
Lori Lightfoot, the first Black woman and the first openly lesbian America ever to serve as mayor of Chicago, on Tuesday became a one-term mayor.
Lightfoot faced eight challengers and finished Tuesday night’s election in third place,
Lightfoot’s defeat was seen as a shock in the country’s third largest city, which has for decades not had a one term mayor.
“Obviously, we didn’t win the election. But I stand here with my head held high and my heart full of thanks,” Lightfoot told supporters shortly before 9 p.m. “You will not be defined by how you fall. You will be defined by how hard you work and how much you do for other people,” she said.
Lightfoot’s critics argue her defeat came due to skyrocketing crime, homelessness and her poor relationship with law enforcement,
In 2021, homicides in Chicago rose to their highest numbers in 25 years, outpacing other crime-ridden cities like New York City and Los Angeles.