Que Orgullo: San Diego County Board of Supervisors Names Its First Latina Chair

Que Orgullo: San Diego County Board of Supervisors Names Its First Latina Chair belatina latine

History was made in San Diego this past Tuesday.  

Nora Vargas is joining the highly coveted and ambitious group of “Latina firsts” by becoming the first Latina chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. 

This is also the first time the county is being led by two powerful individuals who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo. She will carry out her duties alongside the vice chair, Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer. Lawson-Remer identifies as nonbinary, but they are more than how they identify. Their skillset is as impressive too; they are an economist who served in President Obama’s Treasury Department. How badass is that? 

Nora Vargas’ impact on San Diego is grand

About 30 percent of San Diego’s population is Hispanic and Latine, so having this type of representation is monumental. This is not lost on Vargas, which is why after she accepted her new position, she made it a point to repeat her comments in Spanish.  

Crystal Irving, who is the president of the union that represents county employees, SEIU Local 221, understands the value of having Vargas lead. 

“Hearing Supervisor Vargas speak in Spanish was such a powerful movement,” Crystal Irving, president of SEIU Local 221, said. “We need to speak in a language that constituents (understand).” 

Vargas is clear on what she wants to focus on. She wants to make sure people have food and a roof over their heads as well as lead them to a life they can feel comfortable in.  

“I want to make sure everyone has a good quality of life by having clean air to breathe and access to health care,” Vargas said as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Her main goals are to push forth strategies to help veterans, children, and seniors.  

We can’t wait to see her flourish in her role. 

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