Letty Lopez-Viado is 1st Filipino-Mexican American mayor in West Covina, LA

Letty Lopez-Viado
Mayor Letty Lopez-Viado made history as the 1st Filipino Mexican-American elected Mayor in West Covina, LA. Photo credits to West Covina Council.

Letty Lopez-Viado has been elected as the Mayor of West Covina City, Los Angeles (LA) County, California, the first-ever Councilwoman of Filipino-Mexican-American descent to hold the post.

Mayor Viado, whose mother is a Filipina, was sworn in as the head of the LA city during the Council Meeting held on December 15, 2020.

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The Filipino Mayor will be serving more than 100,000 residents of West Covina, of which Filipinos make up about 10% of the city’s population.

The unity advocate shared that she is the recipient of many firsts including the first elected Mayor and Councilwoman of Filipino and Mexican descent, first to graduate from her family, first to get out of poverty, and first “to become someone that can make a difference.”

“Last night I (was) sworn in as Mayor and I look forward to serving our great and beautiful City. Thank you!” wrote Viado on her Instagram.

The incoming head of the city will lead her fellowmen in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Letty Viado served in the public sector for more than 18 years and has since been an active volunteer in her community. Prior to being elected mayor, she held the post of Senior Director II with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation & Parks.

She has a keen interest in the sports program, literacy-boosting efforts, and building up unity. Viado says she is targeting the improvement of public safety and quality of life of residents, and attracting new businesses.

The new mayor has a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from Cal State Los Angeles.

Filipinos serving in foreign lands include Cynthia Barker, the 1st Filipino Mayor of Hertsmere in England; Arvin Amatorio, the 2nd Filipino mayor in New Jersey, and Danny Favor, the first Filipino town mayor in the United Kingdom.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Letty Lopez-Viado for being the first Filipino-Mexican-American elected Mayor of West Covina City, LA California.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.