, 2022-12-30 18:24:00,
A young Indian-American lawmaker made history last week when he became the first mayor of Sikh Lodi in central California. Mickey Hothi, a city council member since 2020, was chosen unanimously on December 23 to lead the city. He represents the council’s 5th district and served as deputy mayor last year under Mayor Mark Chandler, who announced last summer that he would not seek re-election.
The Lodi native was nominated by newly elected Councilwoman Lisa Craig, who won election to the Chandler seat in November and was unanimously chosen as deputy mayor, Lodi News-Sentinel reports.
After graduating from Tokai High School and graduating with a BA in political science from UCLA, “Hothi has dedicated his career to making Lodi a better place to live,” according to his website. His website adds that during his time on the council he has been working to bring good jobs, small businesses and agritourism to our community.
After being selected, the Lodi native whose parents are from Punjab shouted out his family. He said growing up in Lodi was challenging, especially after 9/11, Lodi News-Sentinel reports. But his family not only survived, but thrived in Lodi. “Our experience is similar to that of the Spanish community that came before us, the Greek community, and the Germans,” he said.
Everyone came to Lodi because they realized that it is a safe family city. (She has) a great education, great people, …
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