London Breed Set To Become San Francisco’s First African America Female Mayor


London Breed was poised to become the first African-American woman to lead San Francisco following a hard-fought campaign when a former state senator conceded and congratulated her Wednesday, more than a week after the election.BBGEdvL

Breed, president of the Board of Supervisors, was leading Leno by fewer than 1,900 votes Tuesday with about 245,000 ballots tallied and at least 9,000 ballots left to count. Her lead has been increasing since Saturday.

The elections office was set to release an updated tally at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Mark Leno told reporters crammed into his tiny print shop that he had a positive conversation and that Breed was gracious.

“She is a remarkable young woman and she is going to do a very fine job. Her success is San Francisco’s success,” he said.

Breed’s campaign had no immediate comment, but she is expected to comment later Wednesday.

Leno, 66, did not rule out a future run for office. In his remarks, he thanked fellow candidates, especially Supervisor Jane Kim, who joined with him in pushing a more liberal agenda. And he thanked voters for exceeding low turnout expectations.

Turnout exceeded 50 percent, which is higher than usual for recent June gubernatorial primaries and mayoral elections.


Breed will have to run in the November 2019 election for a four-year term.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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