San Francisco Elects Its First Black Woman Mayor


By Victor Trammell

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The voters of San Francisco, California have helped make history in the Bay Area city’s mayoral race.

Black Enterprise Magazine reported on Wednesday (June 13) that London Breed (pictured) is officially San Francisco’s mayor-elect after defeating Mark Leno, a state senator who sits on the California Legislature. Leno conceded Tuesday’s (June 12) election results on Wednesday, according to CNN.

Breed, 43, is not a stranger to the political realm. Prior to winning big on Election Tuesday, Breed was the president of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, the legislative body, which governs the city and county. She was first elected to this body in 2012 and was made president in 2015.

Breed is the first black woman in San Francisco’s history to be elected mayor. The city’s previous mayor, Ed Lee, died of a heart attack at the age of 65 in December of 2017. A special election was held this year to replace Lee and the race to do so was very close.

However, Breed emerged victorious. “I am so hopeful about the future of our city, and I am looking forward to serving as your mayor. I am truly humbled and I am truly honored. Whether you voted for me or not, as mayor, I will be your mayor too,” Breed said in her acceptance speech.

Leno called Breed to personally congratulate her for winning San Francisco’s special mayoral election. “She is a remarkable young woman. She is going to do a very fine job and we all wish her the best because her success is San Francisco’s success,” Leno said in a statement, according to CNN.

Breed is a native and lifelong resident of San Francisco, California. She holds a bachelor of arts in political science-public service, which she received from the University of California, Davis. Breed also has her master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco.

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