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Michelle Wu Becomes the First Woman and Person of Color Elected Mayor of Boston

Democrat Michelle Wu became the first woman and person of color to be elected as the mayor of Boston. Wu, the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, defeated Annissa Essaibi-George and ended a 200-year history of electing white men as mayors.

Furthermore, Acting Mayor Kim Janey became the first Black woman to hold the seat after Marty Walsh, who was the mayor since 2014, resigned in March to become President Joe Biden’s labor secretary. 

“One of my sons asked me the other night if boys can be elected mayor of Boston. They have been, and they will again some day, but not tonight,” said Wu on Tuesday. “On this day, Boston elected your mom because 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,” she added. “We are ready to become a Boston that doesn’t push people out, but welcomes all who call our city home. We’re ready to be a Boston where all can afford to stay and to thrive. And, yes, Boston is ready to become a Green New Deal city.”

Wu already made history in 2016 when she became the first Asian-American to serve as the president of City Council and was favored by the city’s progressives, which earned her many endorsements, including U.S. senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey. 

Wu’s campaign focuses on issues of equity like rent stabilization and free public transit, and she has been very open about Taiwanese heritage. She opened up about how she and her family  received racial harassment when she was younger.

“So many of us have known our whole lives what it feels like to be both invisible and also always sticking out, but not seen for the person you are, and judged and discriminated against simply because of appearance,” she said.

Wu’s win is of major significance to the Asian-American community since only six current leaders of America’s big cities are Asian-American. “Now’s the moment for us to speak out,” Wu said. “It’s time to break the cycle of invisibility.”

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