Kim Janey becomes Boston’s first Black, first woman mayor

By: Alyssa Wilson

Kim Janey has broken barriers after becoming Boston’s first Black and first woman mayor.

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Senate confirmed the former mayor Marty Walsh as the Biden administration’s Secretary of Labor. 

She officially stepped into the role on Monday evening. Under Boston’s charter, the sitting council president serves as acting mayor if the sitting mayor resigns mid-term. 

Janey was sworn into office on Wednesday afternoon in a historic moment as she was introduced and sworn in by Ayanna Pressley and Kimberly Budd.

Janey is a fourth-generation Boston resident who was elected to the Boston City Council in 2017. In 2020, she became the president of the most diverse City Council in the city’s history.

According to her transition website, her focuses as mayor will be on recovery from COVID-19, vaccine distribution, getting students back in the classroom, and economic recovery for communities hardest hit by the pandemic. 

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Support for Janey poured in on social media. 

Janey will serve until a new mayor is elected in the November race. 

The current slate of candidates features several city councilors and city leaders, all of whom are people of color. 

The candidates are city councilor Michelle Wu, city councilor Andrea Cambell, city councilor Annissa Essaibi George, State Representative Jon Santiago and former city economic development chief John Barros.  

It is unclear if Janey will run in the November election.


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