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Nacogdoches' 1st woman mayor, pediatrician weigh in on Hillary Clinton nomination

Judy McDonald became the first and only woman elected mayor for Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff) Judy McDonald became the first and only woman elected mayor for Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff)
McDonald says, ‘being the first woman for anything is extremely difficult.' (Source: KTRE Staff) McDonald says, ‘being the first woman for anything is extremely difficult.' (Source: KTRE Staff)
Nacogdoches pediatrician Dr. Melinda Wenner says she support Clinton because of her policies, not so much her gender. Yet, she fully recognizes the importance to all women of having a woman presidential nominee. (Source: KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches pediatrician Dr. Melinda Wenner says she support Clinton because of her policies, not so much her gender. Yet, she fully recognizes the importance to all women of having a woman presidential nominee. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Hillary Clinton’s achievement of being the first woman presidential nominee is a historic event that can’t be denied no matter who you support. (Source: KTRE Staff) Hillary Clinton’s achievement of being the first woman presidential nominee is a historic event that can’t be denied no matter who you support. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The first female presidential nominee of a major party is a historic event that no one can deny.

East Texas News got two unique perspectives on the occurrence. One is from the first and only woman mayor for Nacogdoches. The other is a young pediatrician.

They both share how the nomination inspires them personally and what they hope it will mean to women everywhere.

In the 80s, Judy McDonald became the first and only woman elected mayor of the City of Nacogdoches, where she served as mayor for eight years.

"Being the first woman that's not easy,” McDonald said.

First woman mayor is a long way from the first woman presidential nominee, but the accomplishments still have something in common.

"Being the first woman to do anything is extremely difficult because you're looked at in a whole different manner,” McDonald said. “The expectations are a whole lot different."

That was something McDonald talked about with early Texas women politicians including Governor Ann Richards, Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire, and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

"And they went after those people, I don't care if you're a Republican or Democrat,” McDonald said. “I mean they went after those women in a whole different way than they go after males."

Dr. Melinda Wenner, a Nacogdoches pediatrician, was growing up when McDonald was mayor. She became a Hillary Clinton supporter not because of gender, but based on Clinton's children's health care policies.

"Every day in my clinic I see kids in poverty, kids that are disabled that these policies have helped them,” Wenner said.

Neither of the women dismiss the importance of having a woman presidential nominee. They agree the historic event will show women what's now possible.

"If you wanted to be in politics as a woman you were going to have to work harder than a man, and with her being president, that might not be the case anymore,” Wenner said.

"We have made a huge step, regardless what happens in November, in offering an open door to young women and young girls saying, 'You know what? She did that. I can too,’” McDonald said.

The Nacogdoches Democratic Headquarters is anxiously awaiting the return of two Nacogdoches delegates to the national convention.

Since last night's speech a higher demand for Hillary campaign material has occurred. The downtown headquarters is staying open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to better fill the requests, whether it be for campaign reasons or to obtain historic memorabilia.

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