SAN FRANCISCO: London Breed Wins Mayoral Race

SAN FRANCISCO: London Breed Wins Mayoral Race

Breed has 50.42 percent of the vote, including almost 37 percent of first-place votes. Leno enjoyed a brief lead, but was eventually overtaken by Breed as more ballots were counted.

Leno pointed to Breed's consistent gains and growing lead when asked why he made a decision to concede before he was mathematically eliminated from winning.

Leno called his opponent "a remarkable young woman".

Breed, 43, 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.

"I called Supervisor London Breed this morning to congratulate her on her victory and to wish her every success both personally and professionally in her new job as mayor of San Francisco", Leno said.

She was formerly president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the city government's legislative body. "She's going to need all the help she can get". The Board of Supervisors would then likely declare Breed the mayor at their July 10 meeting, setting up a July 11 start date for Breed's term as mayor.

London Breed was poised to become the first African-American woman elected 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.

After Lee's death, Breed briefly stepped in as interim mayor. He was a "true public servant", Breed said.

The Board of Supervisors moved swiftly to replace her with venture capitalist and politican Mark Farrell in the interim role, with the stated intent of avoiding the appearance of any conflict of interest between Breed's formal candidacy, and her civic duties in that role.

In January, Breed was ousted and Mark Farrell, a Board of Supervisors member, was appointed acting mayor by fellow board members to serve until the election, CNN affiliate KGO reported.

Leno and Breed, both Democrats, faced off in a primary election held June 5.

However, at his concession press conference, Leno rejected that characterization. And he thanked voters for exceeding low turnout expectations.

Breed referenced her humble beginnings in her news conference.

"It galvanized her core supporters", McDaniel said. "It also took away any ability for Leno or Kim to blame London Breed for some of the things happening in the city now, like homelessness".

"I have to say it, there are white, rich men, billionaires, in this city who have steered the policies of the past two mayoral administrations, if not more", Ronen said.

She added, "Whether you voted for me or not, as mayor I'll be your mayor, too". "I am prepared to make sure I do everything I can to work together, to bring the Board of Supervisors together, to bring everyone together".

Former Supervisor Angela Alioto, the daughter of former San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, served on the board until 1997 and unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1995 and 2003.

Tuesday marked the fourth straight day Breed maintained a lead over Leno, who initially led the race, according to last week's election numbers. Here's how ranked-choice voting worksShe said she was thrilled at the message her election sends to San Francisco's youth, especially impoverished kids growing up like she did. There are about 9,360 votes still to be counted, according to the Chronicle.

Jane Kim, the third-place finisher, said: "I'm proud to live in the largest city in America with a woman as mayor".

KQED's Marisa Lagos contributed reporting to this story.

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