San Francisco votes in its first female black mayor

Jun 14, 2018, 5:52 AM EDT
London Breed has been a longtime community activist.
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San Francisco, a city struggling to cope up with rampant homelessness, filth-strewn streets and a property-price boom, has for the first time elected an African-American woman, London Breed, as its mayor.

The 43-year-old community activist brought up in a public housing and no alien to urban deprivations, now joins a small club of about 19 other black female U.S. mayors, notes the BBC.

The mayoral race went down to the wire forcing the San Francisco Department of Elections to count nearly 14,000 provisional ballots before Breed’s rivals conceded the tightrope contest, writes CNN.