Mexico City Elects Jewish Woman Mayor

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03 Jul 2018

Mexico City has elected a Jewish woman mayor Sunday, which represents two firsts for the largest city in North America. A woman was been appointed interim mayor in 1999 but Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo is the first woman to be publicly elected to the office. The city has also never had a Jewish mayor.

Sheinbaum is the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and Bulgaria. She is a scientist by trade, with doctorates in engineering and physics. She previously served as Mexico’s secretary of the environment.

In a recent speech, Sheinbaum mentioned that she celebrated the Jewish holidays while growing up.

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