FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2022
Mark Lois Anthony Eyo, Communications Lead
Washington D.C.,– Today, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations NAFFAA is saddened by the loss of Mayor Pro Tem Tzeitel Paras-Caracci, the first Filipino-American to be elected to the Duarte City Council. She died on June 25th at age 49 following a nearly 3-year battle against lung cancer. She served as the City of Duarte’s mayor in 2006, 2011, 2015, and 2019 and as the president of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials.
NaFFAA National Chair and President Brendan Flores remarked: “We lost an outstanding leader and great pioneer. She found great joy in the opportunity to wake up each day, to make a difference in service to her City of Duarte. She was the epitome of servant leadership, a true inspiration for me, and I’m sure many others throughout the nation. I challenge our Filipino-American young leaders with a passion for community to follow in her footsteps and continue to make history in public service for our growing Filipino-American population.”