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San Francisco's first black female mayor wins reelection

San Francisco — San Francisco Mayor London Breed claimed victory Tuesday night in municipal elections.

Breed was ahead of five little-known challengers with some 60% of the votes when she declared victory about 90 minutes after the polls closed.

"Thank you for honoring me with four more years as mayor!" she told a cheering crowd, adding: "I grew up in this city and in poverty, and I never thought that in my life that I would have the opportunity to serve in this capacity."

Breed has been in office since winning a special election last year following the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee. She was seeking her first four-year term.

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed smiles while speaking at the annual Women In Construction Expo in San Francisco.  Eric Risberg / AP

Breed is the first African American woman elected mayor of San Francisco, a politically liberal city of nearly 890,000 grappling with high housing costs, an increase in homelessness and a drug crisis.

The former president of the Board of Supervisors was raised by her grandmother in the city's public housing and has made equity a priority in a city that has become deeply inequitable. She wants to build housing and provide more shelter and services for people who are homeless, addicted to drugs or have a mental illness.

The mayor said in an interview with The Associated Press before the election that she is frustrated by people who want more housing but don't want more units in their neighborhood.

"We want more housing, and we know we need more housing," she said. "We can't have it both ways."

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