“From every corner of our city, Boston spoke. We are ready to meet this moment. We are ready to become Boston for everyone,” Wu told a crowd of supporters Tuesday night. “I want to be clear. It’s not my vision on the ballot, it’s ours, it was together.”
City Councilor Annisa Scyby George Boston Meyer acknowledged the contest, which still has a large share of the votes waiting to be counted.
“I would like to extend a big big congratulations to Michelle Woo,” SCP George told a crowd of supporters at his election dinner. “She was the first woman and first Asian American to be elected mayor of Boston.”
Woo is set to succeed Boston’s first black and female mayor, Kim Jenny. When Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was appointed Labor Secretary to President Joe Biden in January, Jenny, the then city council chairman, was in the front row to lead the city.
In the weeks leading up to the election, opinion polls continued to show that Wu had a clearer presence than SBP George, a woman of color.
From the outset, this election was a significant departure from Boston history. Uncontested mayoral races, where there is no re-election of the incumbent, are difficult to come by in Boston, and in a city with a high concentration of Democrats it is often difficult to attract crowded primaries. And in this year’s unattached primary competition, every serious competitor is of color, most of them women.
Won Hallmark policies such as the Green New Deal for Boston, Woo, Rep. Ianna Presley, Sense. He received support from top Massachusetts progressives such as Ed Margie and Elizabeth Warren. Presley, who represents a part of Boston, served on the Boston City Council with both Wu and Scibe George.
Wu ran on a progressive platform, including a call for a toll-free transportation system.
Although both candidates locked in the support of several powerful unions in Boston, Essaibi George won the support of several local unions, including Boston Firefighters, Boston EMS, electrical workers, steel workers, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and more.
Woo’s support includes the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority unions.
Nevertheless, much of Woo’s support came from progressive organizations such as the Working Families Party, the local chapter of the Sunrise Movement Boston, the National Youth-led Climate Commission, and the planned parenthood Massachusetts.
Although both candidates sought to distance themselves from the usual progressive and moderate divisions within the Democratic Party, external sources added some pressure. In the run-up to election day, the pro-SCP George Super PAC released an ad saying that Wu “wants to repay the police.” The Wu campaign called it “dishonest and distrustful.”
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