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Mendoza First Female City Clerk



    In taking over the City Clerk's office, State Rep. Susana Mendoza says she wants to be an independent voice and an "unofficial" 51st alderman who builds coalitions with city leaders. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011)

    Chicago made history Tuesday beyond electing Rahm Emanuel in the first mayoral race without an incumbent in 60-plus years.

    Rep. Susana Mendoza beat out Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patricia Horton to claim the title of City Clerk, making her the first woman to hold the position.  

    "I think the voters spoke very, very clearly tonight," Mendoza said Tuesday during her victory party.

    She said Chicagoans are her first priority and that "I'm going to look out for them."

    Mendoza made campaign promises to fight to lower the cost of city stickers, saying she would sell advertising on the backs of stickers for revenue. She also said she wants to be an "alderman-at-large," giving the city clerk's office more of a direct role in "advocating for Chicagoans."

    "I'm going to represent Chicago," she said. "And I'm excited to do so."

    Mendoza, who lives in Little Village, was the youngest person elected to State House back in 2000.