A Taiwanese American 36 old woman was elected as mayor of Boston


Boston has elected Tuesday its first woman and first person of color as mayor, , 36, a Taiwanese American who breaked a 199-year streak of white, male leaders. Wu was the favorite to win the vote with polls consistently showing her with a clear lead over Essaibi George, in the weeks leading up to the election. Her parents immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan. Mother of two, she is a Harvard educated lawyer. One of her professors at Harvard Law School was US Senator Elizabeth Warren. In a victory speech, Wu said “Everything is possible” in four languages—English, Spanish, French, and Chinese. She also said ’Boston is ready to become a Green New Deal city.’ She’ll take office on Nov. 16, replacing Kim Janey, who endorsed Wu. The new elected mayor Wu entered politics out of frustration with the obstacles her family faced as immigrants. She was first was elected as a Boston city councilor in November 2013 at the age of 28.


In the actual election, Wu was the more progressive candidate, running on a platform with policies tailored to help lower-income residents stay in the city, such as imposing a form of rent control and free public transport. She received support from the city’s young, left-leaning voters and by Black, Asian and Latino residents. Another Asian American mayor was elected in Cincinnati. Democratic candidate Aftab Pureval, 39, is the son of a Tibetan mother and Indian father.