A West Australian politician has won the role of mayor of Perth’s northern suburbs, becoming the first Asian and first Latina to hold the position.
Cynthia Rynham has been elected as a city councillor in Perth’s west by a narrow margin.
Rynham will take up the role on May 14.
She is the first Latino mayor of a major city in the country.
“It’s been an incredible journey,” she said.
I was overwhelmed with emotion and emotion, a lot of tears came into my eyes, but I also know it’s the right thing for the city of Perth to do.
“The 61-year-old was born in Perth in 1949 and grew up in Perth.
Her family moved to Adelaide in 1960, where she attended university.
As a young woman, she was a member of the AFL Women’s Club, where her parents worked.
In 1982, she returned to Perth and became an assistant to a city councilor.
By the time she was elected in 1992, she had become an outspoken politician.
But her political career has not been without controversy.
For a decade, she campaigned for the federal Labor government to remove the WA Racial Discrimination Act from the state constitution.
It was this act, along with a proposed law against same-sex marriage, that led to her being forced out of the Labor party.
Since then, she has been involved in a number of different causes, including an anti-bullying initiative in her home state of Victoria, a campaign against the federal government’s plan to relocate the Royal Botanic Gardens to a site in the Gold Coast, and a campaign to save the city’s famous Mudgeeraba Museum from demolition.
The city has also been at the forefront of the debate about race relations.
At the beginning of the year, Rynman was criticised for her decision to ask an Indigenous woman for a “safe space” during a public forum.
Despite this, the councilor was elected with the support of her community, and has said she plans to continue fighting for Aboriginal rights.
She is expected to take up her role as mayor of Fremantle in August.