Story at a glance:
- All of the candidates running for Boston mayor are people of color, and four out of five are women.
- Boston’s mayoral race is reflective of the city’s diverse demographics.
- In the 2013 race, most of the candidates were white and male.
Boston’s leading candidates for mayor are women of color. The city has been represented and led by a white man since 1822.
The people of Boston can vote on Tuesday for the candidate of choice: City Councilors Andrea Campbell, Annissa Essaibi George, and Michelle Wu; Acting Mayor Kim Janey; and John Barros, the city’s former economic development chief, The Boston Globe reported.
All of the candidates are people of color, and four out of five are women.
“Every mayor since John Phillips in 1822 has been a White man,” said Michael Curry, a former president of the Boston NAACP. “You’ve left talent on the table.”
The Washington Post noted that Boston’s politics is finally reflecting the city’s diverse demographics. The city is composed of about 53 percent white people, 25 percent Black people and about 10 percent Asian people, according to World Population Review.
Ayanna Pressley unseated incumbent Michael E. Capuano in the Democratic primary in the state’s 7th Congressional District in 2018, which includes much of Boston.
Pressley’s win made her the first Black woman to represent a commonwealth area in Congress.
Same goes to Rachael Rollins, who become the first Black woman to be elected in Suffolk County and nominated as President Biden’s attorney for Massachusetts.
This is compared to the last mayoral race of 2013, in which most of the candidates were white and male.
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