First Sikh Woman Mayor Calls It an Honor to Lead Her Community, and Serve as Role Model for Young Women
Yuba City, Ca.
The Yuba City City Council swore in Vice Mayor Preet Didbal as Mayor on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
Didbal was elected to her first term as a City Councilwoman 2014 after eight years serving on the Yuba City Planning Commission and two years on Sutter County Planning Commission. Beating the odds, breaking both cultural, and gender barriers, she is the first Sikh American woman to be elected Mayor in the United States.
“I’m incredibly humbled by and grateful for the responsibility our community has invested in me,” she said. “This is such an honor and incredibly exciting, for me and even more so for my family. It is truly the manifestation of the American dream.”
Mayor Didbal was born and raised in this community, after her parents immigrated from India to Yuba City in 1968. The daughter of farm laborers, Preet worked alongside her parents in the peach and prune orchards and on the graveyard shift at a cannery during the summer. She became the first in her family to attend college, pursue a master’s degree, and follow a path to leadership in local government, culminating in her election to the Yuba City City Council.
“I lost my dad several years ago, but this was something we had talked about before he passed away,” Didbal said. “It was part of his dream for me, because he knew I had a passion for our community and a heart for service.”
“Councilmember Didbal has been a tremendous asset to our City for more than a decade, helping shape the way we live, work, and play for the betterment of our entire community,” said City Manager Steve Kroeger. “Her professionalism and passion have been paramount, and I look forward to her leadership in serving Yuba City and our surrounding region.”
Mayor Didbal attended Franklin and Lincoln elementary schools, Gray Avenue School, and Yuba City High School. She graduated from Yuba College and went on to University of California, Davis, and Sacramento State, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Physical Therapy. She went on to earn an MPA with a concentration in health administration from University of San Francisco. She has many awards and recognitions as a public servant in this community.
City Hall was packed with standing room only and chairs were placed outside the glass doors. The very festive event culminated with a reception immediately following the meeting.