Latinas Making History in Local Politics
Latina women are making history in local politics. Representation to the hispanic and latino communities is important, as they are the fastest growing minorities in the United States.
Native of one of the largest and most influential cities in the world, Los Angeles County Councilwoman Nury Martinez recently became the first woman and first Latina to become President of the Los Angeles City Council.
The 46-year old Mexican-American joined the city council when she was elected to represent the 6th district in the San Fernando Valley. She has championed raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour, she’s tackled sex trafficking the Valley and has focused her efforts in the homeless crisis in her area.
She will officially begin her post as President of the City Council in January 5, 2020. She’s not the only Latina to make headlines in local politics. Three term councilwoman Regina Romero has made history as the first Latina Mayor of Tucson, Arizona. Romero, who is Mexican-American, took 55% of the vote and had already made history as the first Latina elected to the Tucson City Council.
Also making history in her city council is Afro-Latina Julia Mejia. She was the first Afro- Latina immigrant be elected in the Boston City Council. The Dominican-American Democrat’s wIn also helped make the city council majority women and majority people of color for the first time in the city’s history.
The Realist Women’s take:
Congrats to these three empowering and history making women. It’s only when these kinds of things happen that people of color feel seen for the first time. They know they have a shot at being a priority in the eyes of a politician. When there’s equal representation in office, at least there’s a chance that their needs will be served.
All three of these women are Latina, and that is profound as hispanic and latino groups are the fastest growing minority in the United States. They need representation.
What I love about this story is all three of these women work in local politics. Almost every time I talk politics with someone, they shut down. They don't read or watch the news and don't want to get involved because political news can be depressing, infuriating and can legitimately mess with our mental health if consumed in heavy doses. But, I always try to break down local issues to people to help them understand that all politics is local. What’s going on in your neighborhood? Why is the rent so high there? Is your street well lit? Are you driving in potholes everyday? Is your drinking water safe?
All of these questions should be answered by the people who represent the area you live in. Local politicians like these three women, are some of the most important politicians you will ever come across because you are directly and personally affected by the decisions they make.