CHICAGO (TOC) — Historical past was made because the Chicago Metropolis Council permitted Nicole Lee as alderwoman of the eleventh Ward Monday, making her the primary Asian American girl to serve on town council.
Lee took the oath of workplace Monday afternoon earlier than thanking her colleagues, who voted 45-0 to approve her nomination.
“To my esteemed colleagues, I am so excited to say that for the primary time at present,” Lee stated. “Thanks for making that attainable. Thanks, Mayor Lightfoot.”
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Lee was then escorted to her new desk, along with her identify plate already in place. She received hugs and handshakes from different council members who welcomed her and promised assist. Lee advised them she by no means aspired to public workplace, however since an early age has felt the decision to serve.
“I do know I am the in precisely the precise place on the proper time. At this level in historical past, to be part of this physique to assist led this nice metropolis in addition to signify each single member of the eleventh Ward, the storied eleventh Ward of town of Chicago,” Lee stated.
Earlier, Lee was at her new workplace, cleansing it up and getting it prepared, saying there’ll must be some redecorating. The identify of her predecessor, Patrick Daley Thompson, has been scraped off the entrance window.
The mayor famous the historic nature of Lee turning into the primary Asian American girl on the council, and the primary Chinese language American.
“I believe what Nicole represents is the attainable,” Lightfoot stated. “And that is essential for our younger individuals to see, to imagine that they will attain increased heights.”
“This can be a new day,” stated John Daley, Prepare dinner County Commissioner, who shares the constructing with the eleventh Ward. “I stay up for working with Nicole Lee… I believe she’s an excellent alternative.”
Richard Considine, a lifelong Bridgeport resident, stated he thinks Lee will win the acceptance of residents.
“I’d simply say be your self and, and, , hearken to individuals,” he stated.
“What I will carry to the ward actually is a sort ear, a listening an empathetic one to no matter struggles persons are having proper now,” Lee stated.
Lee stated will probably be her first precedence to get to know the residents of her ward, adopted carefully by security.
She stated she’s going to use her time in workplace over the approaching months to resolve if she needs to run for the eleventh Ward workplace within the election subsequent March.
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