Progressive Michelle Wu Easily Elected Boston Mayor

The Boston Globe reports:

Michelle Wu, the 36-year-old daughter of Taiwanese immigrants and a Boston Public Schools mother who pitched a once parochial city on an unabashedly progressive agenda, captured the Boston mayoralty by a wide margin on Tuesday, shattering barriers to mark a new era in one of the nation’s most durable bastions of white male political power.

Wu declared victory Tuesday night as unofficial returns showed she had handily defeated rival City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, who ran a more moderate and traditional campaign. Wu united supporters in progressive enclaves and communities of color to earn a decisive share of the vote.

Courting a city attached to its traditions, she presented an unapologetic, novel agenda that has already needled many longtime leaders: free public transportation, an entirely new approach to downtown development, rent control, and a municipal-level Green New Deal.

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