A historic moment for Mexico City as Claudia Sheinbaum, a 56-year-old scientist, is elected as mayor, the first female to hold the position. Before running for office, Sheinbaum was the head of Tlalpan neighborhood and served as environmental secretary under previous mayor Lopez Obrador.
With the win of Sheinbaum as mayor of Mexico City and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s win as president, the left will control the both the capital and the presidency. The last time that same party controlled both was in 1997. Obrador has vowed to fight corruption and champion the lower classes. Sheinbaum was among the first politicians to leave Mexico’s established left-wing party, the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), and join Lopez Obrador’s breakaway, Morena, when he formally launched it in 2014.
Together We Will Make History, is a political coalition encompassing the National Regeneration Movement, Social Encounter Party, and the Labor Party to compete in the Mexican general election, 2018 led by the nominee Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Although Rosario Robles served in the position in 1999 and 2000 after Cuauhtemoc Cardenas left office to run as a presidential candidate, Sheinbaum is the first woman to be voted into the office
Sheinbaum is a genetic engineer, doctor, and teacher. She graduated with a physics degree from Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She is also comes from a Jewish family with grandparents that immigrated from Lithuania and Bulgaria
In a speech last month, Sheinbaum, who also goes by Sheinbaum Pardo, told a Jewish audience she was connected with the Jewish community thanks to her grandparents, who emigrated from Lithuania and Bulgaria.
“We celebrated all the Jewish holidays at my grandparents’ house,” she said.
The newly elected mayor promises to be tough on crime in her city saying, “Just because I might look like a skinny scientist doesn’t mean I’m not going to crack down on crime here. I will.”