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Lori Lightfoot loses re-election bid in Chicago

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City’s first Black lesbian mayor struggled to control crime Lori Lightfoot (via Lightfoot campaign) By Brody Levesque | Washington Blade Courtesy National LGBT Media Association Embattled Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday became the first city chief executive in four decades to lose a bid for reelection.

Lightfoot’s term in office has been plagued by persistent crime in the city, including a high murder rate and unceasing gun violence.

The Associated Press projections in the nine person race showed the incumbent mayor failing to secure enough votes to move on to an April 4 runoff election.

NBC News reported that Paul Vallas, a former CEO of Chicago schools, will face Brandon Johnson, a Cook County commissioner endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union.

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