First Woman of Color to Lead Boston’s City Council Could be the City’s Next Mayor
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu has not announced plans to run for Mayor. That has not stopped the people of Boston from speculating, and outlets like The Atlantic have taken notice. After all, Wu has emerged as one of the city’s most influential leaders and after Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) -- the first woman of color to serve on Boston’s Council -- made history this year by being the first Black woman to represent the state in Congress, the City of Boston may be ready to make history again. Wu is the first Taiwanese American and first Asian American woman to serve on the Council, as well as the youngest current member. From January 2016 to January 2018, the 34-year-old served as President of the Council and was the first woman of color to sit at the helm. The Atlantic noted that Wu is known for her diplomacy, citing her negotiations with the Mayor on issues such as government transparency, short-term-housing-rental regulations, and green energy. She has earned a reputation for both hyper-detailed policy work and humility in the face of a prideful city. Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, Wu moved to the Boston area to attend Harvard, where she would later also graduate from Harvard Law School in 2012. The soonest Wu would be able to challenge incumbent Mayor Marty Walsh, a fellow Democrat, would be 2021 -- there are no term limits. Boston has yet to elect a Mayor that is not a white man, despite being majority-minority for the past decade. “Even the folks who some people would call ‘Old Boston’ today were ‘New Boston’ at one point in their family’s history, right?” Wu said. We’ll keep you posted on any announcements. More here.