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California city council members block first Asian American mayor


The city of San Mateo, Calif., still lacks a mayor as two new council members continue to block an Asian-American councilor from taking the seat under the 128-year-old tradition of the town.

Councilor Amourence Leea Democrat, was to take the mayoral seat on December 5 as part of the city ​​rotation system, where the longest-serving council member would become the next in line for the position. If elected, Lee could become the first Asian American female mayor in the city’s history.

The transfer, however, has been postponed as Council members Lisa Diaz Nash and Robert Newsom continue to block the effort.

In a statement, Nash said there was no friction between her and Lee, as she also supports the adviser’s advocacy and described her as a “very capable woman”.

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Nash went on to explain that the other four council members, all of whom are Democrats, are still waiting for the seat vacated by Deputy Mayor Diane Papan after winning the race for California’s 21st Assembly District. . in November to be filled by a fifth member of the board.

Once we select this fifth council member, we can look to all five to select the mayor and deputy mayor. And in that time, I look forward to proudly voting for Councilman Lee as the next mayor,” Nash said.

Talk to news from mercury after Wednesday’s council meeting, council member Adam Loraine said he felt “embarrassed for our town” and that they were wasting time doing nothing when there was “so much work to do in our city”.

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Lee expressed the same sentiment, saying she also felt embarrassed and “sad and scared about the precedent this is setting.”

I believe we are in uncharted and very dangerous territory. And I absolutely believe it sows the seeds of division and conflict that will take years to mend,” Lee said. KPIX.

And I’ve heard from so many in my community, including API and members of the Jewish community, who feel incredibly cheated. We are told to wait our turn and that turn does not come.”

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Nash rebutted Loraine and Lee’s statements saying, “We are in unprecedented times and the board is working to secure that fifth member. And as soon as we have this fifth member, we will select the mayor and deputy mayor. So I don’t see that as an embarrassment at all.”

The council is due to vote for its fifth member on Monday, who will then, in theory, vote for Lee for the job, replacing Mayor Rick Bonilla.

Another Incident of Blocking an Asian American Politician made online rounds last week after New York Democrats blocked Republican Lester Chang from taking office in the New York State Assembly in January.

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