Boston Voters Select Two Women of Color as Candidates for Next Mayor

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Boston's next mayor will be a woman of color after Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George emerge victorious in the preliminary. 

For the first time in the city’s history, voters in the city of Boston selected two women of color to face off in the upcoming mayoral race.  

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Boston City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George emerged victorious in the preliminary runoff on Tuesday. Each secured enough votes to steal spots over acting Mayor Kim Janey, who became the first woman and Black woman to be appointed to the position after Marty Walsh became the U.S. Secretary of Labor.  

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They also beat out City Councilor Andrea Campbell and former economic development chief John Barros. All of the candidates were people of color, which is a significant shift for the city dominated by white men for centuries, the Associated Press reported.  

Wu’s parents immigrated to the United States from Taiwan, and Essaibi George identified as a first-generation Arab Polish-American. Whoever wins in November will make history as the city’s first elected woman or Asian American mayor.  

Both women are ready to bring change to Boston. “I am so grateful to you for showing up not just tonight but showing up for the last eight months,” Essaibi George said.  

Wu wants Boston to step it up, saying, “This is the moment in Boston that our campaign and our coalition has been calling for for a long time. We got in this race over a year ago—actually exactly a year ago today—to ensure that Boston would step up to meet this moment.”  

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The winner of the election will have to face a number of challenges, including gentrification, especially in Boston’s historically Black neighborhoods. They will also need to face the long-time transportation issues plaguing the city’s MBTA, racial injustice, policing and the ongoing fight of COVID-19.  

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