New mayor for San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO: London Breed became San Francisco’s first African-American woman to be elected mayor.
Yesterday, Breed was leading former state senator Mark Leno by fewer than 2 200 votes of nearly 250 000 counted and had 50.49% of the vote.
An exuberant Breed said she was humbled, honoured and looking forward to serving as mayor.
In particular, she relished the message her election sends to San Francisco’s youth, especially children like herself who grew up poor.
“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.”
Breed vowed to be mayor for all of San Francisco, a message she repeated throughout her bid to lead a city that is economically thriving but mired in homelessness, congestion and unaffordable homes.
She has vowed to rid the sidewalks of homeless tent camps within a year of taking office. – Associated Press/African news Agency (ANA)