On Wednesday, London Breed (D) made history by becoming the first African-American woman elected mayor of San Francisco. Her running mate Mark Leno (D) conceded while votes were rolling in. Breed is scheduled to serve until 2020, completely Mayor Ed Lee’s term following his death.
After Breed’s win, Leno issued the following statement:
“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”.
London Breed issued the following statements:
“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”
“I’m a native San Franciscan — I grew up in some of the most challenging of circumstances,” she said. “I think the message that this sends to the next generation of young people growing up in this city, that no matter where you come from … you can do anything you want to do.”
Breed also made it clear that “Whether you voted for me or not, as mayor, I will be your mayor too”.
Breed and Leno faced off with each during the primary election on June 5th. At first, Leno showed promise by taking an early lead. Breed eventually took a strong lead over Leno.
Breed is a University of California, Davis grad with a degree in political science-public service and a minor in African American studies. She earned her master’s degree in public administration at the University of San Francisco. She was first elected to public office in November of 2012 serving on the Board of Supervisors for the county and city of San Francisco.
Breed was raised by her grandmother in San Francisco public housing and attended public school. Before working in public office, Breed worked for 10 years as the executive director of the African American Art and Culture Complex.
Breed stated that “It’s really amazing, and it’s really an honor … I know it means so much to so many people” when asked about becoming the first African American woman to serve as mayor.
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