In Carlos Menchaca, NYC gets 1st Mexican-American elected official, sooner than some expected

New York City is getting its first Mexican-American City Council member.

Carlos Menchaca (mehn-SHAH'-kah) defeated a Democratic incumbent in the primary for Brooklyn's 38th District seat.

In such a heavily Democratic city, that made him a shoo-in for the general election last week.

Menchaca's victory gives a new political presence and inspiration to one of the city's fastest growing ethnic groups.

The Mexican community is the third-largest Hispanic community behind the more well-established Puerto Rican and Dominican communities.

Longtime Mexican community activist Joel Magallan says the victory came much earlier than observers had expected.

Menchaca takes office in January.