Chicago mayor race mirrors national push for more women in office, says columnist

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington told Hill.TV on Wednesday that the city's mayoral run-off race is reflective of the national mood demanding more female representation in politics. 

"I think it mirrors what's going on in the country," Washington told hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"The excitement about women candidates, in particular, especially particularly around African-American women candidates. African-American women have driven the last couple of national election cycles in terms of their turnout," she continued.

"I think there is a lot of conversation about this city being very divided racially, segregated, and that it is a tale of two cities where African-American and Latino communities have been left out of the conversation and left out of the vital resources that they need," she said. 

Democrats Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle, both African-American women, advanced last month to the city's run-off election. 

The election, set to be held on April 2,  is historic because the winner will be the city's first African-American chief executive. 

Lightfoot is also openly gay and would be the first openly LGBT mayor of the city. 

The 2018 midterm elections saw a wave of women and women of color elected to Congress.

A handful of women are also running for president, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKlobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' O'Rourke campaign says path to victory hinges on top 5 finishes in Iowa, Nevada MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders on difference with Warren: she's a capitalist 'I'm not' Rubio hits Warren's 'crude' and 'vulgar' response to opposition to same-sex marriage Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren O'Rourke campaign says path to victory hinges on top 5 finishes in Iowa, Nevada O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter MORE (D-Minn.), and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard slams New York Times profile of her Krystal Ball defends praise of Yang: I am not 'a Russian plant' Gabbard backs Sanders proposal to ban advertisements during primary debates MORE (D-Hawaii). 

— Julia Manchester