Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is on the short list of contenders for the City Mayors Foundation’s 2018 World Mayor Prize, her campaign announced Oct. 22.

The prize celebrates women in local government who have consistently served their constituents with compassion and integrity, while making long-term contributions to their communities.

Schaaf, who is being challenged by nine candidates in the Nov. 6 election, is one of four finalists in North America who was recognized for her substantial impact on the prosperity of her city, her campaign said.

A total of 27 women mayors from 20 countries are on the short list.

“I am honored to be recognized by my community as well as by the City Mayors Foundation,” Schaaf said in a statement.

Schaaf said, “As a native Oaklander, I’m so proud to have the unique opportunity to uphold our city’s values of diversity, inclusion, and progressivism — and I hope that future Oakland women are similarly motivated to serve their communities.”

The City Mayors Foundation, an international urban affairs think-tank, created the award in 2004 to honor visionary leaders in cities across the world.

The award is conferred every two years and the 2018 prize is focused solely on female leadership.

Story originally published by Bay City News.