City Councilor Michelle Wu simply received the Boston mayor’s race on Tuesday night time, making her the primary girl and particular person of shade to win a mayoral election within the metropolis and placing a progressive voice answerable for the biggest metropolis in New England.
Wu would be the metropolis’s first Asian-American to function town’s mayor. She’ll exchange Kim Janey, the primary girl and Black particular person to function mayor, who took over the job earlier this 12 months after Marty Walsh resigned to turn out to be Labor Secretary in President Joe Biden’s cupboard.
Wu simply defeated fellow City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, the extra reasonable candidate within the contest, within the last spherical of voting.
While Boston has lengthy served as an incubator of liberal politicians on the nationwide degree, its native politics has historically been extra insular and transactional, a political paradise for back-slapping males on the heads of political machines. Wu, a coverage wonk who was a Harvard Law pupil and political protege of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), is pushing to show town right into a bastion of progressive coverage.
While progressives have made key positive factors within the U.S. House, in state legislatures and in district attorneys’ workplaces across the nation lately, they’ve received few races for government positions. Wu’s tenure might function a coverage blueprint and a political check for different left-wing candidates.
Wu has argued for waiving charges for a lot of town’s public transportation system; re-imposing hire management; and a city-sized model of the Green New Deal, together with aiming for internet zero muncipal emissions by 2024.
And whereas Essaibi George argued town wanted to rent extra law enforcement officials, Wu has as a substitute argued for civilian responses to some emergency calls in disaster conditions.
“We need to have a structural and cultural change to how we think about public safety — and particularly the police department in Boston — so that we’re meeting residents where they’re at and building trust,” Wu mentioned in an interview with town’s public radio station.
Compared to mayoral contests in New York City and elsewhere, crime was not a central subject within the Boston race, largely as a result of town didn’t see a criminal offense spike through the coronavirus pandemic.
The main subject within the race was as a substitute housing affordability. There, Wu stood alone amongst an initially crowded subject in calling for a revival of hire management within the metropolis. Wu would wish to persuade the state legislature to take away a statewide ban on hire management legal guidelines as a way to implement it. She’s additionally known as for rising the provision of reasonably priced housing and overhauling town’s notoriously complicated zoning and growth course of.