First American-Sikh woman sworn in as Mayor

Yuba City, Calif.-- For the first time in Yuba City's, and the country's, history a woman-Sikh American has been sworn in as mayor and dozens of people turned out to witness the historic moment.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017 10:21 PM
Updated: Dec. 5, 2017 11:14 PM

Yuba City, Calif.-- For the first time in Yuba City's, and the country's, history a woman-Sikh American has been sworn in as mayor and dozens of people turned out to witness the historic moment.

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Didbal started her career in public service in 2004 and served as a planning commissioner for ten years. She had her doubts on whether or not she wanted to do it, but credits her dad with pushing her to do so.

"As my dad said when I asked him, he said why not you, go if that's what you want to do, then prepare your stuff and go do it," she said.

Didbal was the first in her family to go to college, earning her bachelors, and going on to earn her master’s in public administration.

"From that I really wanted to come back to my own city, the place that I call home, the place that I grew up, the place that my parents are, and really serve the community that gave my family so much as we were growing up," Didbal said.

She told Action News Now said she never really planned to run for office, but after her experience as planning commissioner, she wanted to give back even more to the community.

That's why in 2014 she decided to run for city council, and then elected vice mayor in 2016.

On Tuesday night, in front of a packed audience with standing-room only, she became the first Sikh-American woman to become mayor.

"Our belief is strong and we have a very high family core. I want people to understand that as a woman that it hasn't been easy as far as moving up because you know, we tend not to have a voice at these levels and I want to be able to express that women are equals as my parents did with us," she said.

Didbal's daughter Ariana came home from college to witness this historic moment, and said she's proud of her mom's success.

"She's inspired lots of young girls just through everything she's done. I think it's just inspiring to see that there can be a woman you know kind of running the city," she said.

"What I'd like to express and hopefully be an example of for young woman is you can do what you want, you have the strength, the intelligence. And we can sit equally at the table with men to make those decisions," Disbal said.

Now as mayor, Didbal said her priorities include growing her summer at city hall program, continuing progress on the fifth street bridge replacement project and staying vigilant on marijuana ordinances.

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