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Richfield elects Minnesota's first Latina mayor

Ninety-six percent of the vote went to Regan Gonzalez.
Credit: City of Richfield
Maria Regan Gonzalez has been elected Richfield's next mayor.

MINNEAPOLIS - The first Latina mayor in Minnesota was elected on Tuesday.

Richfield elected Maria Regan Gonzalez to be its next mayor, according to our partner MPR.

Regan Gonzalez ran unopposed in the midterm elections. The Star Tribune reported that she decided to run for mayor after incumbent Pat Elliot announced he would not be seeking re-election.

Ninety-six percent of the vote went to Regan Gonzalez.

The 33-year-old serves as a Richfield City Council member. She will continue represent east Richfield until January 2019.

Her current full-time job is as a Senior Project Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Regan Gonzalez lives in Minnesota but also calls Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico home. She holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, she is currently finishing her Master’s in Public Health at the university.

“I feel very honored,” Regan Gonzalez told the Star Tribune before the polls closed. “It’s just another opportunity for more people to see themselves as a leader.”