Mayor Walsh swore Althea Garrison in today as an at-large city councilor, following the resignation of Ayanna Pressley, now in Washington.
Garrison vowed to work for rent control and a requirement that landlords only be allowed to evict tenants for a just cause in the year she has remaining in what had been Pressley's term.
But Garrison also said she hopes to have more time to work on her agenda - she said she plans to run for re-election this fall.
Garrison, who has run almost every year for one elected position or another for decades, gained her seat under a provision of the city charter, which calls for the first runner-up in the election for four at-large council seats to be offered a seat should won of the winners leave office.
Garrison had previously served one term as a state reprensentative, 1993, to 1995.