Carlos Menchaca, First Mexican American Elected as Candidate to City Council
By Claudio Iván Remeseira | Posted Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm ET. Last modified: Sat., Sept 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm ET
Photo Courtesy Carlos Menchaca
Carlos Menchaca made history Tuesday night as he became the first Mexican-American ever elected as a candidat to New York City public office and the first openly gay public official in Brooklyn. Menchaca defeated three-term incumbent Sara Gonzalez in City Council District 38, which covers Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Gowanus and parts of Park Slope and Bay Ridge.
“I am proud of the work we did together,” said Menchaca, 33, at the victory celebration at Sunset Park's Saint Jacobi Evangelical Lutheran Church. Menchaca was supported by local Democratic powerbrokers like Rep. Nydia Velázquez and received the endorsement among other organizations of 32BJ SEIU, the property workers union that also endorsed mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. Similarly to de Blasio, Menchaca ran on a progressive platform, vowing to address the needs of the working class and the immigrant communities.