Nury Martinez becomes 1st Latina on Los Angeles City Council in 25 years

After a much anticipated special election, LAUSD School Board Member Nury Martinez has won the seat for Los Angeles City Council District 6 against former State Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez.

Martinez will now be the city’s ONLY female on the council and the first Latina to hold the position in 25 years receiving 4,917 votes (54.7%), compared with 4,093 votes (45.4%) for Montañez. Results are from city clerks website.

Despite a highly contested race with support from well established groups and political allies, sadly, it seems like it doesn’t take much to be elected to the highest paid city council in the nation these days. Only 10% of the districts voters actually voted in the largely Latino district which includes North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Panorama City, Pacoima, Lake Balboa, Arleta and Sun Valley. That’s 9,010 people who decided on behalf of the 89,118 eligible voters, which of course does not include people who are unable to vote. But that my friends, is a blog rant for another day.

For now, congratulations are in order for Martinez’ win and a heartfelt congratulations to Montañez for a well-run campaign. Takes a lot of courage for women to run for office in general. This is a campaign worth exploring further.

Martinez is also a graduate of HLI, The HOPE Leadership Institute hosted by HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, a statewide organization in California dedicated at empowering Latinas to create change through civic engagement.

Fun facts: Nury Martinez is a big fan of GLEE, which wins her slushie points in my book. At Latina History Day in Los Angeles, she confesses that if she were stranded on a deserted island and only had one cd, it would be one form Pepe Aguilar because loves his music.

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