(July 2, 2018 / JNS) According to exit polls, the first-ever female elected mayor of Mexico City is also the city’s first Jewish one: local politician and scientist Claudia Sheinbaum.
Sheinbaum entered politics after working as an environmental engineer at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
“Just because I might look like a skinny scientist doesn’t mean I’m not going to crack down on crime here,” she told attendees at a Mexico City rally. “I will.”
Sheinbaum’s grandparents emigrated to Mexico City from Lithuania and Bulgaria, and she told a Jewish audience in the city that they would celebrate all the Jewish holidays together.
Mexico City is home to almost all of Mexico’s Jews, which is a community of approximately 40,000 people.