NEW YORK – 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.