Michelle Wu Becomes First Woman, Person of Color to be Elected as Boston Mayor

Michelle Wu made history on Nov. 2 after becoming the first woman and the first person of color to be elected as mayor of Boston.

“From every corner of our city, Boston has spoken. We are ready to meet this moment. We are ready to become a Boston for everyone,” Wu said in a speech.

Wu, a 36-year-old Taiwanese-American, defeated Democratic City Council Annissa Essaiba George, who identifies as first-generation Arab-Polish American.

George congratulated Wu on Twitter, describing Wu’s victory as “no small feat.”

Wu will succeed Acting Mayor Kim Janey, the first woman and Black person to lead Boston, whom Wu called her “sister in-service.”

“I know she will prioritize lifting up those who have been left out of power. She’ll build upon my equity and justice work and she won’t be afraid to tackle long standing problems. I am proud to call her friend and Madam Mayor!” Janey said on Twitter.

Wu also has become the first mayor of Boston not born in the city since 1925, as she grew up outside Chicago and moved to Boston.

Wu’s platform includes progressive proposals, such as waiving fees for public transport and improving housing by imposing a form of rent control.


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