BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Michelle Wu won the most votes in the runoff for Boston’s next mayor, and her fellow alderman Annissa Essaibi George took second place in the November 2 election.
Wu maintained a consistent major lead in Tuesday’s pre-vote as vote counting went well until Wednesday morning.
As of 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, the Associated Press described the race as the city’s unofficial results. Web site He cited 100 percent of the district reports. Wu received 33.36 percent of the vote, and city councilor Essaibi George came in second with 22.48 percent.
City councilor Andrea Campbell was third with 19.72 percent, just ahead of Acting Mayor Kim Janey, who was fourth with 19.47 percent. Janey and Campbell agreed late Tuesday night.
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“The race is over,” Essaibi George told WBZ-TV Wednesday morning. “We are confident in these results. We are confident we will finish this race and we are excited to participate in the next half of this campaign.”
All four are candidates of color, such as John Barros, Boston’s former chief of economic development and the only man in contention. Barros lagged far behind four women with just 3 percent.
History has already been made in a city that has never elected a woman, black resident, or Asian American mayor. For the last 200 years, the office has been held by white men.
“This is a moment in Boston where we are facing big challenges. I am running for mayor to tackle big challenges with bold solutions that involve everyone. So I know what is possible,” Wu told reporters at the Forest Hills MBTA stop on Wednesday morning.
Essaibi George said on Tuesday night that he had gained enough support to challenge Wu in November.
“I’m excited to be here today and certainly continue in my role as a major city councilor right now, but I look forward to the next six weeks, working around this campaign. I’m leading this city,” he told reporters as he greeted voters at a restaurant in the South End Wednesday morning. I look forward to doing it.
Earlier this year, Janey became the first Black Bostonian and the first woman to occupy the city’s top office in an acting capacity after former Mayor Marty Walsh resigned to become President Joe Biden’s secretary of labor.
“I want to congratulate Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George on their victory tonight,” Janey said on Tuesday night. “This was an exciting and historic race and I wish both of them luck in the final election.”
There was an effort among some leaders in the Black community to rally around a single candidate to ensure that at least one Black mayoral candidate could claim one of the two best candidates.
All candidates are Democrats. Mayoral races in Boston do not include party primaries.
Candidates come from different backgrounds. Wu’s family emigrated from Taiwan to the United States. Janey and Campbell Black. Essaibi George describes himself as a first-generation Arab-Polish American. Barros is of Cape Verdean origin.
Wu was elected to the Boston City Council in 2013 at the age of 28, becoming the first Asian-American woman to serve on the council. She was unanimously elected mayor of the city council by her colleagues in 2016, becoming the first woman of color to serve as president.
Essaibi George gained a number of notable endorsements during the race, including unions representing firefighters, nurses, and emergency medical technicians. He also gained the support of former Boston Police Commissioner William Gross.
Essaibi George grew up in Dorchester and taught at Boston Public Schools. He was elected to the city council in 2015. His father immigrated to the United States from Tunisia in 1972. His mother was born in a Polish family in an IDP camp in Germany.
The November contest may also be a test of whether voters are ready to touch someone like Wu, who grew up in Chicago in a city long dominated by parochial neighborhoods and ethnic politics.
Wu moved to Boston to attend Harvard University and Harvard Law School and studied under US Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was then a law professor. He’s the only candidate not born in Boston.
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