‘Remarkable’

Politician who spent her childhood in poverty becomes 1st black woman elected mayor of San Francisco

San Francisco Mayor-elect London Breed speaks during a news conference at Rosa Parks Elementary School on June 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. London Breed became the first African American woman to be elected mayor after she defeated former California State senator Mark Leno in a special election to replace former San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee who died suddenly last year. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed — who was controversially removed from her position of interim mayor in January — officially won the mayor’s race on Wednesday, making her the city’s first African-American woman to be elected to the position. Breed, who was raised in poverty by her grandmother and saw her brother go to prison and sister die from a drug overdose, hailed her victory as a beacon of hope for those striving to overcome difficult life circumstances. During her campaign, she had pledged to “build more housing and build more housing faster” in order to combat the city’s homelessness problem and housing shortage for middle- and low-income residents.

“The message that this sends to the next generation of young people growing up in this city is that no matter where you come from, no matter what you decide to do in life, you can do anything you want to do,” said Breed, 43.

London Breed, a Democrat, this week became the first African-American woman ever elected mayor of San Francisco. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Breed, a moderate, defeated progressive candidates former state Senator Mark Leno and Supervisor Jane Kim in an election to serve out the rest of late Mayor Ed Lee’s term, which runs to January 2020. Lee, whom Breed called a “good man” who “worked to move the city forward,” died of a heart attack last December 12. Both Breed’s opponents gave credit to the new mayor in wake of her electoral win. Leno, who had hoped to become the city’s first openly gay mayor, hailed Breed as “a remarkable young woman,” while Kim said that she was “proud to live in the largest city in America with a woman as a mayor.”

Below, watch the victory speech she delivered on Thursday.

Read the full story at The San Francisco Chronicle.

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