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San Francisco elects first black female mayor

NEW BREED: San Francisco has sworn in its first black female mayor (Image: London Breed/Twitter)

LONDON BREED has made history as the first black woman elected as mayor in San Francisco. The 43-year-old was sworn in in front of over 1,000 cheering inauguration guests who came out to mark the new beginning yesterday.

The long-term community activist has pledged to address the city’s pressing problems of homelessness, open drug use and the ever-increasing housing prices.

Breed used her inauguration speech to highlight the city’s social issues and outline her hopes that the community would come together to solve them.

She said: “The politics of ‘no’ has plagued our city for far too long — ‘not on my block, not in my backyard.’ We have made mistakes in the past by not moving housing production forward all over this city. I plan to change the politics of ‘no’ to the politics of ‘yes’.”

In celebration of her achievements Breed wrote on Twitter: “I believe in the promise of San Francisco because I’ve lived it. My story may seem like the exception but we can make it the norm. I’m hopeful, I’m optimistic, I’m excited, and I’m looking forward to what we will achieve together.”

Breed also says she is committed to ensuring that impoverished African-American and other minority children receive the support they need to advance.

She said: “Growing up in the Western Addition neighbourhood, it never seemed possible that I could one day serve as mayor.

HISTORIC: London Breed hopes the city can pull together to solve social problems (Image: London Breed/Twitter)

“I would not be here today without the community that believed in me. I will do everything I can to afford those opportunities to the next generation.”

Breed’s appointment makes her the 45th mayor of San Francisco.

Renita Mason, a member of the public who arrived with her sister in the early hours of the morning to witness the inauguration, told the San Francisco Chronicle: “London Breed means so much to the black community. We had to be here.”

Breed’s milestone comes after Stacey Abrams won the historic nomination for governor of Georgia and could become the first black female governor the US has ever had. Abrams’ fate will be decided by a vote on November 6.

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