Boston's once all-white city council will be made up of majority of women and minorities in historic first

Boston's once all-white city council will be made up of majority of women and minorities in historic first
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A majority of women and nonwhite councilors have been elected to the Boston City Council for the first time in history, The Associated Press reports.

Voters elected seven nonwhite members to the city council during the municipal elections on Tuesday night in a historic first for the 13-member body.


Eight of the members elected to the council during the contest were also women, including Julia Mejia, whose victory on Tuesday made her the first Afro-Latina and Latina woman to win a seat on the council, according to MassLive.

Mejia took to Twitter shorty after voting closed on Tuesday to celebrate her win.

“I am humbled to be your first Afro-Latina immigrant woman councilwoman,” she wrote. “This campaign was never about me though, it was always about bringing power to the people. To give voices to those who felt left out. #ItsTime, and our work starts tomorrow.”

Mejia, who said her campaign was about “creating space for all voices to be heard,” said she won “because communities across Boston demonstrated their power at the ballot and showed that they will no longer be ignored.”

Andrea Campbell, who won reelection on Tuesday and is the first African American woman to serve as president of the council, also celebrated the council’s diverse candidates on Twitter after ballots closed.

“Let’s cut right to it: women made history tonight - For the first time, we’ll have a council that is majority women, and the most diverse in history! Thank you to the residents of Boston for recognizing the incredible leadership of women,” she tweeted. 

The new makeup of the council, which was held by a white male majority for years, arrives a decade after now-Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias House candidate in Chicago says gun violence prompted her to run Labor secretary faces questions from Democrats in police chief controversy MORE (D-Mass.) became the first woman of color to be elected to the body.