Sumbul Siddiqui, a Pakistani immigrant, and a two-term Councilor has become the first Muslim Woman Mayor of Cambridge.
Alanna Mallon, the two-term Councilor, has been declared the vice mayor.
Sumbul Siddiqui was elected as a mayor in its inaugural meeting organized in Sullivan Chamber in the city hall on Monday.
Sumbul Siddiqui has become the first Muslim mayor in Massachusetts.
This is also the first time that two women are leading the city.
After accepting the mayor’s chair. Sumbul Siddiqui said, “People ask what I do and I tell him I’m a public servant. Public services have defined my life.”
“Service is the second nature in Cambridge. My goal as mayor will be to uphold that tradition.”
While giving the speech, she also told her life struggle that her parents used to work on minimum wages and used to seek help from neighbors. She also used to take help from teachers and guidance counselors at Cambridge Public Schools.
“It’s with this foundation that I’ll approach this great honor of being your mayor.”
Sumbul Siddiqui was elected by fellow councilors after the nine-member council was sworn yesterday.
Sumbul Siddiqui was first elected as councilor in 2017. She attended numerous committees as chair and co-chair, including Chair of the Economic Development and University Relations Committee, and co-chair of Human Services and Veterans Committee. She also acted as an advocate for increasing affordable housing and tenants’ security.