Indian-American elected mayor of Cupertino in California

Savita Vaidhyanathan
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New York– In a first, an Indian-American woman has been elected the new mayor of Californian city Cupertino, the worldwide headquarters of Apple, it was reported on Friday.

Savita Vaidhyanathan, a Cupertino resident for more than 20 years, was sworn in last week in a ceremony attended by her mother who had flown in from India, the Mercury News reported.

Savita Vaidhyanathan
Savita Vaidhyanathan

“I’ve had several congratulatory messages saying that I’m the first woman mayor of Indian-origin. Yes, I do take a lot of pride and prestige in that,” she said.

“I do want to thank the residents of the city of Cupertino that voted me in not looking at ethnicity at all. Thank you for your trust in me, and maybe we did break that silicon ceiling and put a few more cracks in that glass ceiling,” Vaidhyanathan added.

She takes over from Barry Chang who had served as mayor from 2015.

Vaidhyanathan was working as a high school Maths teacher and an officer in a commercial bank.


  1. As a fellow Mayor/President of Asian Indian heritage serving the Village of Oak Brook (Illinois) for 5 plus years, heartiest congratulations to Savita Vaidhyanathan on her accomplishments. But, ultimately it is neither about being Indian-American nor is it about gender. It needs to be about silent and selfless service to your community which has put its trust and confidence in your leadership. It is nice to see many of us getting involved and engaged in our communities. Politics, by and large, is mainly local.


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