She is now the first female South Asian mayor of a New Jersey municipality and the first female Muslim mayor in the state. She is also believed to be the first female Muslim mayor, female Pakistani-American mayor and first female South Asian-American mayor first in the nation, according to Religionnews. Jaffer, 36, grew up in Chicago and was raised by her parents — her mother an immigrated from Pakistan and her father from Yemen. Jaffer and her husband moved to New Jersey after they both got jobs working at Princeton University, where she studies South Asian social media as a post-doctorate fellow and teaches courses about Islam in South Asia and South Asian American film and literature. Jaffer began to take her interest in politics more seriously after attending the inaugural Emerge New Jersey conference, run by a nonpartisan organization that seeks to help get women elected to office. Jaffer credits the conference with teaching her the ins and outs of running for political office and helping her make many valuable connections.
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Jaffer becomes the first South Asian woman mayor in N. Montgomery Committeewoman Sadaf Jaffer was on Jan. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal initiated the oath of office. As mayor Jaffer says she is ready to engage Montgomery residents in local governance and inspire a more connected, cohesive community. Jaffer, who is a five-year resident of the township, was elected to the committee last year on the Democratic Party ticket.
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This article originally appeared on NJ Spotlight. Why she is special: Jaffer is the first female South Asian mayor in New Jersey and the first female Muslim mayor in the state. She also is thought to be the first and only female Muslim mayor in the United States. Her background: Jaffer was born in Chicago; her mother was born in Pakistan and her father, in Yemen. She did her undergraduate studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and got a doctorate in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University.
Breed will be the city's first African-American female mayor. Breed said early Tuesday that Lee died just after 1 a. He was the city's 43rd mayor.