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Erin Murphy is sworn in as Boston’s new city councilor


“I have heard and watched as she speaks from the bottom of my heart each time about the issues she fights for,” Mayor Michelle Wu said of Murphy.

Erin Murphy. Jes Stout

Erin Murphy was sworn in as Boston’s new city councilor on Wednesday, taking office weeks before her fellow elected councilors, a move necessitated by an unusual sequence of events following last month’s election.

Mayor Michelle Wu led Murphy to take the oath at the start of the regular council meeting.

“I saw Councilor-elect Murphy on the trail. I saw her in our quarters, “Wu said.” I heard and watched how she spoke from the heart each time about the issues she is fighting for, especially with regard to families in our city. , who are affected by the opioid crisis and by the recovery, by the problems of affordable housing, by our education system.

Murphy, 51, previously worked as a teacher in Boston public schools for more than 22 years. A resident of Dorchester, she is a single mother of four children.

While the rest of the class of new councilors will be sworn in in January, Murphy has taken office to fill the vacancy left by Wu, who became mayor last month.

Vacancies are filled by the candidate following the highest votes, or finalist, from the last election, under the city charter.

Alejandra St. Guillen, who finished fifth with a vote for all four seats opened in 2019, was scheduled to occupy Wu’s seat until January.

But St. Guillen finally announced last month that it had decided not to.

In a series of tweets, she explained her decision, writing down the three board meetings she would sit for “is just too short a term, and with my other professional and personal obligations, now is not a good time.”

Murphy, meanwhile, had also failed in 2019 behind Guillen, but made a successful bid in this year’s election, garnering 12% of the vote.

Speaking to in September, Murphy said his top three goals would focus on education, public health and voter services.

“I think Boston needs a city councilor who understands how the issues intersect: how affordable housing affects education, how opportunities for veterans mix with better jobs, how mental health and recovery mean safer streets in every neighborhood, ”she said at the time. . “I am that person, and I am ready to be your voice.”

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