San Francisco made history on Wednesday when London Breed, an African American native of the city was elected mayor. Her victory came after defeating former state senator, Democrat Mark Leno, in a very close election. Breed brings optimism to her role as San Francisco’s mayor.

Leno, 66, was trying to be elected as the first openly homosexual mayor of San Francisco, however, on Wednesday, the former senator conceded and called Breed to offer his congratulations. 

In the words of Leno, “[Breed is a remarkable young woman. She is going to do a very find job and we all wish her the best because her success is San Francisco’s success.”

Breed aims to address homeless, unaffordable housing and the city’s youth – key focuses of her campaign and issues that are close to her own heart. She grew up in public housing, where her grandmother raised her. 

In Breed’s own words, “I’m a native San Franciscan — I grew up in some of the most challenging of circumstances. I think the message that this sends to the next generation of young people growing up n this city, that no matter where you come from…you can do anything you want to do.”

Not long after, Breed made a brief appearance at City Hall, telling everyone, “I am so hopeful about the future of our city, and I am looking forward to seeing as your mayor. I am truly humble and I am truly honored. Whether you voted for me or not, as mayor, I will be your mayor, too.”