“You can’t please everyone. Not everyone is going to like you, not everyone is going to do what you want them to do.” On Wednesday, San Francisco sworn in its first black female mayor and second female mayor in the city’s history.
London Breed, 43, will serve out the remainder of Mayor Ed Lee’s mayoral term, who died unexpectedly in December. His death prompted a special election last month to replace him. Breed won more first-place votes than any other candidate running in the June primary. The election was the first time San Francisco voters used a ranked-choice format to elect a mayor.
The election makes her the second woman to become mayor of San Francisco, behind U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the 45th mayor of the city. As a Democrat, Breed represents 6% percent of the city’s black population, a number that reportedly continues to decrease.
The San Francisco native says she is committed to addressing the city’s most pressing problems, which include mental health, homelessness and overly, expensive housing prices. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a $117K income for a family of four is now considered low income.