After a long fought battle, London Breed has officially been sworn in as San Francisco's first black woman mayor. 

The San Francisco native was raised in public housing and attended and obtained her masters from the University of San Francisco. She was sworn in Wednesday by current LT. Gov. Gavin Newsom on the steps of City Hall, reports CBS San Francisco.

Over the past year, Breed has had to face tenacious political rivals. She served as interim mayor in late 2017 when Mayor Ed Lee died.

Breed had to fight an internal battle over her role as interim mayor and member of the city’s Board Of Supervisors. Blavity reported her dual roles at the beginning of the year drew criticism from other members of San Francisco political leaders. 

In her role as a board member, she was making six figures and still unable to truly afford to live alone in the city. And that is how housing has become one point of her platform. Creating affordable housing for the city's growing population is a goal she hopes to accomplish.  

“It was very challenging,” she said told KPIX 5 of her rental experience. “I’m living on my own now and I was actually in the process of trying to find another roommate, but now that I have a salary increase I can take care of the rent on my own.”

Curbed reports she has already begun the process to create in-law apartments for those in need. Her deep connection to the city has fueled her base and political goals. She wants to help those living there by creating job opportunities, prevent extreme rent spikes and more.  

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