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NYC gets 1st Mexican-American council member

November 14, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is getting its first Mexican-American City Council member.

Carlos Menchaca (mehn-SHAH'-kah) defeated a Democratic incumbent in the primary for Brooklyn's 38th District.

In such a heavily Democratic city, that made him a shoo-in for the general election last week. He'll take office in January.

Menchaca's victory gives a new political presence and inspiration to one of the city's fastest growing ethnic groups.

The Mexican community is the third-largest Hispanic community behind the more well-established Puerto Rican and Dominican communities.

Longtime Mexican community activist Joel Magallan says the victory came much earlier than observers had expected.



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