At-Large City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George will face off in the November 2 general election to become Boston’s next mayor.
The two candidates were respectively the first and second-highest number of votes in Tuesday’s preliminary elections, when voters narrowed down a historically diverse field of candidates as the city considers who will be the first duly elected mayor of color.
Unofficial election results, with 100 percent of constituencies reporting on Wednesday morning, showed Wu getting 33.36 percent of the vote and Essaibi George with 22.48 percent.
To round out the bottom: City Councilor Andrea Campbell with 19.72 percent; Acting Mayor Kim Janey with 19.47%; John Barros, former head of the city’s economic development, with 3.19%; Robert Cappucci with 1.09%; Republican State Jon Santiago with 0.34 percent; and Richard Spagnuolo with 0.26 percent.
Against the backdrop of the still raging COVID-19 pandemic – and its immeasurable toll on nearly every facet of life in the city – and a nationwide reckoning for racial justice, five major candidates have tapped into the spectrum their lived experiences and backgrounds. as seasoned town hall veterans in their attempts to convince voters of the novelty of their leadership at the moment.
The estate also offered voters the opportunity to select a black mayor for the first time in Boston history. But the likelihood of that was dashed Tuesday night as Wu and Essaibi George claimed victory and the group’s three black contenders – Campbell, Janey and Barros – conceded.
The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Wu, a 36-year-old resident of Roslindale, Chicago, pitched bold plans, such as the overhaul of the Boston Planning and Development Agency and the removal of MBTA tariffs, singling her out as the progressive candidate, even in a crowd of fellow Democrats.
“Boston is in a time of incredible opportunity. It’s on our shoulders right now to step up and reach this moment,” Wu told supporters Tuesday night. “We know what’s possible because we “We’ve seen it happen in this city over and over again. In my eight years on the board, we have faced what we were told to be impossible challenges.”
She painted a rosy vision of what the future might hold, touting a popular campaign that spanned languages, cultures and generations.
She told the crowd, “It’s a moment on our shoulders.”
“This is the time when we’ll look back someday and say, ‘Boston has stepped up with all of us at the table,’” Wu said later.
As the main winner of the votes in the last two general elections to the city council, the recognition of Wu’s name has proved fruitful, once again, in his quest for the office of mayor: a meteoric victory, with a double-digit margin in the above the scrum.
A race close to the finish was also scheduled for second place.
Former Boston public school teacher Essaibi George, 47, was born and raised in Dorchester to immigrant parents: her mother was born to Polish parents in a displaced persons camp in Germany and her father immigrated to the United States from Tunisia.
Often referred to as a “moderate” candidate, Essaibi George built a “practice” campaign in Boston, highlighting her advocates of education, homelessness, addiction and mental health on city council. .
“You won’t find me on a soapbox: you will find me in your neighborhood, doing the job,” she told Dorchester supporters on Tuesday night. “I’ve done it as a general city councilor for the past six years, and I’ve done it throughout this race.”
Essaibi George also offered a first look at the weeks ahead, as the race is likely to intensify.
At one point, she addressed Wu in her remarks, telling her colleague that she was looking forward to exchanging ideas and seeing each other on the runway.
And then she fired the first shots of the legislative elections: “Being a city councilor and having the opportunity to defend your passions is good, but let me be very clear on this subject: the mayor of Boston cannot make the T free, “Essaibi George said to the cheers of the crowd.
“The mayor of Boston cannot impose rent controls,” she continued. Wu was the sole political supporter in the race to date.
Instead, Essaibi George proposed that she wanted “real progress – not just the abstract ideas we’re talking about.”
“Boldness is to do it,” she added later. “Instead of just advocating and participating in academic exercises and having great conversations as mayor, I will be doing these things.”
There are 48 days left until November 2.
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