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The city of Seattle has much to celebrate. We are experiencing several historic “firsts” in our city. First, we have our first lesbian mayor, Jenny Durkan. We also have three Latina women on the Seattle City Council, M. Lorena González, Teresa Mosqueda and Debora Juarez. Juarez is also a member of the Blackfeet Nation and the first Native American on the council.

Seattle should be proud of our city’s progressive nature. To quote U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina justice, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Seattle should celebrate its new Seattle City Council in which six out of nine council members are women and five are people of color, and the president of the council is African American. Again, another first.

I bet the late, great Roberto Maestas, who was a community leader and co-founder of El Centro de le Raza, is singing, dancing and rejoicing in heaven. I am sure he’s saying, “Viva González, viva Juarez, viva Mosequeda!”

James Kelly, Renton, former president and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle