Just this past summer, Nury Martinez was elected to the Los Angeles City Council. After her victory Martinez became not only Los Angeles’ newest elected official, but the only woman to currently hold office in the city. Martinez, who once served on the school board, won in a landslide election over her opponent Cindy Montanez.
With her goal to clean up the streets of Los Angeles and intention to drive economic redevelopment, she takes a no-nonsense approach to her new position. Having chosen to raise her family in the district she now serves, she shows her commitment to the community and her engagement in local issues. What the women of WiHL can take away from this, is Councilwoman Martinez’s fearless attitude and the steps she is taking to advance women in the workplace.
“My staff and I are eager and anxious to find ways to improve the daily quality of life issues that we all struggle with. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work; revitalizing our economy, dealing with the public safety issues that plague our communities and creating usable open space that will improve the Sixth District.”
Martinez is currently the only woman serving among the 18 offices for elected city officials. Martinez’s situation mirrors the plight of government on the state and national level. The number of women in office has stagnated for the past 30 years and has threatened to decline recently. What Councilwoman Martinez is doing in Los Angeles willnot only affect her constituents but will hopefully serve as an inspiration and create a platform for women to excel in leadership roles.
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