Angelica Ceja, the mayor-elect of Aumsville, will be the first female mayor in the city in nearly 100 years.

This is part of a weekly series introducing readers to individuals who are passionate about our Mid-Valley community.

When Angelica Ceja first moved from Stayton to Aumsville in 2009, she tried to volunteer for every group she could find. None of them responded to her entreaties.

“I signed up to help the Corn Festival every single year. I signed up to help as much as I could and never got called, never got called,” she said.

She didn’t accept the rejection. Now after four years as a city councilor, Ceja, 43, will be sworn in Jan. 9 as Aumsville’s mayor.

Ceja will be the second female mayor in Aumsville history and the first in nearly 100 years, the previous being Stella Seely, who was mayor from 1925 through 1929. Ceja is believed to be the first person of color to hold the position in Aumsville.

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