A woman in a small Quebec town is believed to be the first known transgender mayor in Canada.

Julie Lemieux was elected Nov. 5 in Tres-Saint-Redempteur, 80 kilometres west of Montreal.

The former town councillor won by a wide margin over her two rivals in the town of 920 residents.

The 45-year-old's campaign focused on the town's common values, she said, and not on her personal life.

She told Radio-Canada her election shows there is a level of social acceptability in small towns that is not necessarily reflected in the media.