Payam Javan: Tuesday marked the first reelection loss for a mayor in more than 30 years for Lightfoot. Lori Lightfoot, the Democratic candidate for mayor of Chicago, is leaving office after her vote share in the election fell below 50%.
A run-off election will be held in April between Paul Vallas, and Cook County commissioner Brandon Johnson, who was backed by progressives and the Chicago Teachers Union. Neither candidate received 50% of the vote.
As the first openly gay Black woman and mayor of the city, Lightfoot made history when she was chosen four years ago. She was criticized, though, for how slowly the city was recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak and for rising crime rates.
She criticized Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in June when he suggested that the decision legalizing same-sex marriage could be reversed if Roe is overturned.