Posted June 15, 2018 by Editorial Staff in Business

London Breed Makes National Headlines As San Francisco’s New Mayor

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[CNN] For the first time, a black woman is elected mayor of San Francisco

San Francisco (CNN) For the first time, an African-American woman has been elected mayor of the city of San Francisco.

London Breed reached the milestone on Wednesday, when her opponent conceded a tight mayoral race. Breed will serve until 2020, finishing the term of the late Mayor Ed Lee, who died in December at age 65.
At a short news conference, Breed, 43, praised Lee and thanked her supporters, as well as the other candidates, including Mark Leno, a former state senator who conceded the race hours earlier. She struck an optimistic tone about the city’s future.
“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,” said Breed, president of the Board of Supervisors.

She also acknowledged the competitive race: “Whether you voted for me or not, as mayor, I will be your mayor too.” Read more>

[USA Today]  San Francisco elects London Breed as city’s first African-American woman mayor.
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Supervisor London Breed emerged victorious Wednesday to become the city’s first African-American woman mayor after narrowly defeating a rival who was seeking to become the first openly gay man in the position.

It took eight days of counting after Election Day for Breed to build a large enough lead to claim the city’s top job. With about 250,000 ballots tallied, she led former state Sen. Mark Leno by 2,177 votes with only about 6,700 left to count.

Leno called Breed to congratulate her on the victory and later she appeared briefly before reporters and cheering supporters on the steps of City Hall. She said she was humbled, honored and looking forward to serving as mayor.

In particular, she relished the message her election sends to San Francisco’s youth, especially kids like herself who grew up poor. Read more>

[Newsweek] Who Is London Breed? Meet San Franciso’s First Black Woman Mayor

London Breed made history by becoming the first African-American woman elected mayor of San Francisco, after her opponent Mark Leno conceded defeat in the race.

She will serve out the rest of former mayor Edwin Lee’s term, until 2020, after Lee died of a heart attack at the end of last year. Breed had initially been appointed acting mayor after Lee’s death but was replaced until the election after city supervisors voted her out.

“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,” Breed, a Democrat, said at a news conference after her victory.

Leno, a Democrat and former California state senator, said he called Breed to congratulate on her victory and to “wish her every success both personally and professionally in her new job.” He added, “She was very gracious.” Read more>

[NPR] San Francisco Elects City’s First African-American Female Mayor

London Breed made history Wednesday as the first African-American woman to be elected mayor in San Francisco, the city where she grew up.

Ballots were still being counted for more than a week after election day, but her opponent, former state Sen. Mark Leno, conceded the contest.

Breed served as Board of Supervisors president for the city. She emphasized her humble beginnings during the campaign. Her grandmother raised her on a shoestring budget in public housing. In a victory speech on the steps of city hall, Breed challenged her supporters to strive for success.

“No matter where you come from, no matter what you decide to do in life, you can do anything you want to do,” she said. “Never let your circumstances determine your outcome in life.” Read more>