Although Carlos Alvarado was elected President in the Costa Rica elections, all eyes are on his running mate Epsy Campbell , who becomes the first black female person to be elected vice president in the country.
According to Newsweek , Epsy Alejandra Campbell Barr is one of the founders of the Part ido Accion Cuidadana (PAC), and she joins the ranks of Thelma Curling , the first Afro-Costa Rican legislator (1982-1986), Victoria Garron, the first vice-president (1986-1990) and Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) the first president, with her landmark achievement.
Speaking on her election, Campbell said:
It would not be the first only in Costa Rica but in Latin America.
And eventually, if the president leaves the country, [I would be] the first woman of African descent to assume the presidency of the entire American continent. It’s a big responsibility.
It will be a responsibility not only to represent people of African descent but to represent all women and men in the country, a country that gives us all the same opportunities.
Campbell’s paternal grandparents migrated from Jamaica to Costa Rica, where she was born in 1953 and named after her grandmother, Epsy.