Michelle Wu becomes first Woman and Asian American to be elected mayor of Boston

In a historic milestone, Boston on Tuesday elected a mayor Michelle Wu, the 36-year-old daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, captured the Boston mayoral race by a wide margin on Tuesday.

Wu, who made history in 2016 as the first Asian American to serve as president of the City Council and was favored by the city’s progressives, secured several key endorsements during her campaign, including from both of the state’s U.S. senators, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey. She also received backing from Janey and Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley. 

Wu’s City Council colleague and fellow Democrat, Annissa Essaibi George, conceded on Tuesday night. With 31% of precincts reporting, Wu led by about 13 percentage points, according to the Associated Press. That preliminary margin was less than the 30-point lead Wu held in recent polls.

Slated to take office on Nov. 16, Wu is the first woman to win the Boston mayoralty since it was created in 1822. She takes over from acting mayor Kim Janey, who assumed the role in March after then-mayor Marty Walsh became U.S. Secretary of Labor. Janey became the first woman of color in the post, but Wu is the first to be elected to it. Her first tasks is a national search for a police commissioner and assembling a team to examine how to reform the permitting process for building.

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