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London Breed elected first Black female San Francisco mayor

"I am so hopeful about the future of our city, and I am looking forward to serving as your mayor"

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London Breed press conference at SF City Hall. ABC TV

London Breed is San Francisco’s second female mayor, and the second African American to serve in the office

SAN FRANCISCO (MNS) — For the first time, an African American woman, London Breed, will be mayor of the city of San Francisco. Breed reached the milestone on Wednesday, when her main opponent, former State Sen. Mark Leno conceded a close race 50.42 percent to 49.58 percent. Leno and Breed, both Democrats, faced off in a primary election held June 5. At one point, Leno pulled ahead in the count, but as more ballots were tallied, Breed took the lead.

Breed, 43, will be sworn-in on July 11. She will serve until 2020, finishing the term of the late Mayor Ed Lee, who died last December at age 65.

A native San Franciscan, Breed graduated with honors from Galileo High School in San Francisco. Breed went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis in 1997 and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco in 2012

At a short news conference, Breed, 43, praised Lee and thanked her supporters. She struck an optimistic tone about the city’s future.

“I am London Breed, I am president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and soon to be mayor of the city and county of San Francisco,” she said to cheers. “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 is San Francisco’s second female mayor, but not the first African American to serve in the office. That distinction belongs to Willie L. Brown, the longtime Bay area politician, and the city’s 41st mayor.

In November 2012, she was first elected to the Board of Supervisors — the legislative branch for the county and city of San Francisco — and reelected to the board in November 2016.

Manny Otiko of California Black Media based in Sacramento, Calif., contributed to this story.

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