The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that former state Senator Mark Leno conceded the mayor's race to Breed and called to congratulate her earlier today. This raised her profile across the city and perhaps cemented her decision to run for the office in the June election.
San Francisco Supervisor London Breed emerged victorious a week after Election Day to become the city's first African-American woman elected mayor, narrowly defeating a rival who was seeking to become the first openly gay man in the position. "I am truly humbled and I am truly honored".
In a 2016 interview with the San Francisco Examiner she recalled her childhood of urban deprivation in the city she now runs. "We haven't seen a day where it hasn't gone in her direction", he said. "Her success is San Francisco's success".
This electrified Breed's base, and the election became a classic San Francisco moderate-vs. -progressive battle between Breed on one side and Leno and Kim on the other, running to Breed's left. On Wednesday, Breed was leading Leno by fewer than 2,200 votes of almost 250,000 counted and had 50.49% of the vote. Leno said he saw no point in waiting for the additional ballots to be tallied, as the trend in Breed's favor was clear.
The San Francisco Department of Elections must still process more than 1,100 ballots cast under Conditional Voter Registration.
A lifelong San Francisco resident, Ms Breed took a degree at University of California, Davis, before getting a master's in public administration at the University of San Francisco in 2012.
A list of campaign contributions published by the City & County of San Francisco Ethics Commission shows that Facebook donated $35,000 to Breed, while Verizon threw in another $25,000.
After Lee's death, Breed briefly stepped in as interim mayor.
The Board of Supervisors moved swiftly to replace her with venture capitalist and politican Mark Farrell in the interim role, with the stated intent of avoiding the appearance of any conflict of interest between Breed's formal candidacy, and her civic duties in that role.
This likely marks the end of the road for the other leading candidates, Jane Kim and Angela Alioto, who also vied to finish the late Mayor Ed Lee's term that runs through 2020.
Breed vowed to be mayor for all of San Francisco, a message she repeated throughout her bid to lead a city that is economically thriving but mired in homelessness, congestion and unaffordable homes.
The former executive director of the African American Art & Culture Complex grew up in the historically black Western Addition, raised by her grandmother in public housing.
Breed said her grandmother "probably had a hand in this, looking down from the heavens".
"And once a week, we took Grandma's pushcart to the community room to collect government-issued groceries". "She took care of me even on days when I didn't deserve it", Breed said. "I'm proud to live in the largest city in America with a woman as mayor". "We know that there is so much work to do", she said.
"I'm a native San Franciscan - I grew up in some of the most challenging of circumstances", she said. "I think the message that this sends to the next generation of young people growing up in this city, that no matter where you come from ... you can do anything you want to do".