|Artesia, California Mayor Melissa Ramoso. (Photo from Facebook)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Longtime Democratic Party stalwart Melissa Ramoso is now the first Filipino and Asian American woman mayor of Artesia, California. The Southeast LA County town of 17,000 is about 10% Filipino, with many Filipino-owned small businesses.
Ramoso has worked for several lawmakers and has been active in a number of Filipino American Democratic groups. Ramoso spelled out her mayoral priorities: keeping Artesia residents and employees safe and healthy and the city government financially sound.