SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Board of Supervisor London Breed was elected as Mayor of San Francisco on Wednesday, June 13. Breed makes history becoming the first African-American woman to be elected to the position.

“Rather you voted for me or not, as Mayor I will be your Mayor to,” said Breed during a press conference Wednesday.

“I know that so many people care about this city. So many people care about ensuring that we come together to address these most challenging issues and 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 for the purposes of solving our most challenging problems. I am so hopeful about the future of our city and I am looking forward to serving as your Mayor,” she added.

Mark Farrell served as Mayor of San Francisco until the special election could be held. “I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Mayor-Elect London Breed on her election victory. I commit my full support, both personally, and through my staff, to make this transition between our administrations as smooth as possible.

It was my great fortune to have been welcomed so quickly and graciously by everyone in the Mayor’s Office, and I am committed to extending that same courtesy to Mayor-Elect Breed,” said Farrell in a statement on June 13.

Breed served as the president for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and supervisor for District 5. She was elected to the Board in 2013 and later became president in 2015. She served as Acting Mayor for the city of SF after the unexpected death of Edwin M. Lee in December 2017. Breed served in the position from December 12, 2017 until January 23, 2018.

During the special election on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Breed came in first place receiving 35.6 percent of the vote, with her competitors Mark Leno receiving 25.9 percent and Jane Kim receiving 22.9 percent. Leno and Kim later conceded in the race. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California-Davis, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Written By Casey Jacobs