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California’s Melissa Ramoso sworn in as Artesia’s first Asian American female mayor

Melissa Ramoso
  • Melissa Ramoso was sworn in as the first Asian American female mayor of Artesia, California, on Dec. 13.
  • The Filipino American has a longstanding career in politics, having worked with several lawmakers and Filipino American Democratic groups.

Melissa Ramoso was sworn in as the first Asian American female mayor in Artesia, California, on Dec. 13.

“It is incredible to think that there were people who didn’t want me to accept the nomination today and suppress my rising into this role,” Ramoso said in her speech on Monday, per Asian Journal. “To withhold my rising, is a belittlement to my parents, because my greatest achievement is living up to their legacy. And in these positions of power, I am constantly reminded how hard it is for a female to constantly justify herself and be looked upon for assistance.”

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