Michelle Wu is the first woman and first person of color to be elected mayor of Boston.
“We are ready to be a Boston for everyone,” said Ms. Wu, whose campaign was buoyed by support from the city’s young, left-leaning voters and by Black, Asian and Latino residents.
Boston’s Next Mayor, Michelle Wu, Delivers Victory Speech
Ms. Wu, the Democratic nominee, is the first woman and the first person of color to be elected mayor of Boston.
To the courageous candidates who joined me in this historic race: Councillor Sabi George, who fought hard throughout this entire campaign, thank you for your service. Councillor Andrea Campbell, John Barrows, Representative John Santiago, thank you for elevating so many voices in our neighborhoods. And to the many community leaders, elected officials, labor unions. Climate groups. Democratic ward committees. Every organization who supported us along the way, thank you so much for all that you do for the city and for powering our movement. And to the whole Wu train. To the whole Wu Train, especially this incredible staff, who have put in so much day after day, hour by hour, up until the last second to represent all of our communities, to make sure we were all part of shaping this future. For 414 days, you built an effort from the grass roots up. We built neighborhood teams into small families. We reached into immigrant communities and communities across the city in every language. We moved every generation into this work. Wu Train, you canvassed, you texted, you called, you knocked on doors. And you showed, yet again, in Boston that anything is possible when we do it together. Thank you for placing your trust in me to serve as the next Mayor of Boston.
Ms. Wu, the Democratic nominee, is the first woman and the first person of color to be elected mayor of Boston.CreditCredit…M. Scott Brauer for The New York Times
BOSTON — Michelle Wu, who entered public service out of frustration with the obstacles that her immigrant family faced, will be the next mayor of Boston, pledging to make the city a proving ground for progressive policy.
Buoyed by support from the city’s young, left-leaning voters and by Black, Asian and Latino residents, Ms. Wu, 36, soundly defeated City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George.
Ms. Essaibi George, who ran as a pragmatic centrist in the style of former Mayor Martin J. Walsh, had the backing of the city’s traditional power centers, like its police, its trade unions and its working-class Irish American neighborhoods.
“From every corner of our city, Boston has spoken,” Ms. Wu said, to a jubilant crowd in the city’s South End. “We are ready to meet the moment. We are ready to be a Boston for everyone.”
Conceding the race, Ms. Essaibi George said, “I want to offer a great big congratulations to Michelle Wu.”
“She is the first woman, first person of color, and as an Asian American, the first elected to be mayor of Boston,” she said. “I know this is no small feat.”
Ms. Wu — who grew up outside Chicago and moved to the Boston area to attend Harvard — was an unusual candidate for this city, and her victory sets a number of precedents.
She is the first woman and the first person of color to be elected mayor in Boston, which has been led by an unbroken string of Irish American or Italian American men since the 1930s. Kim Janey, a Black woman, has served as acting mayor since March, when Mr. Walsh was confirmed as the U.S. labor secretary. Ms. Wu will also be the first mayor of Boston not born in the city since 1925.
Boston has been booming, as jobs in technology, medicine and education attract waves of young professionals. But that success has come at a cost, forcing working-class and middle-class families to leave the city in search of affordable housing.
Ms. Wu has promised to push back against gentrification, with policies tailored to help lower-income residents stay in the city, such as waiving fees for public transport, imposing a form of rent control, and reapportioning city contracts to firms owned by Black Bostonians.