City Councilor Michelle Wu today won even West Roxbury in a successful race for mayor and will be inaugurated as mayor on Nov. 16.
Challenger and fellow at-large Councilor Annissa Essaibi George conceded around 10:15 p.m
Watch Wu's victory speech (that pendant she's wearing? Actually an old T token).
Unlike in some of the council races, the results for mayor were never really in doubt from just minutes after the polls closed. For weeks, polls had shown Wu with a commanding lead.
It's wasn't looking good for Annissa Essaibi George when she barely won a key Savin Hill precinct. At 9:15 p.m., Carter Wilkie reported Wu won Ward 20 - West Roxbury and about half of Roslindale.
Essaibi George did only slightly better than she did in the preliminary, while Wu, who came in first in September, appeared to not just hold her own but picked up new voters, possibly people who voted for Campbell or Janey.
In District 7 (Roxbury, South End), newcomer Tania Fernandes Anderson trounced serial loser Roy Owens in the race to replace acting Mayor Kim Janey:
Also making history: Kendra Hicks of Jamaica Plain, who will become the first Black woman and first socialist to represent District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury).
Hicks, a community activist, defeated former School Committee member Mary Tamer on West Roxbury, in a campaign that started off more like a roundtable among friends but ended in racially tinged bitterness
Hicks will replace Matt O'Malley, who decided not to run again.
Besides Owens, his fellow serial loser, Althea Garrison, lost in a bid for another at-large seat. Garrison failed to get even near the fifth slot, which was how she got onto the council for a few months after Ayanna Pressley left for Washington in 2019.
Incumbent at-large councilors Michael Flaherty and Julia Mejia easily won re-election. Joining them will be Ruthzee Louijeune. Erin Murphy beat David Halbert for the fourt at-large seat.
In District 3, Frank Baker easily won, putting out a statement even before the vote tallying was finished, saying he's looking to helping to solve the Mass and Cass crisis. Also winning handily: Ricardo Arroyo in District 5 (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) and Liz Breadon in District 9 (Allston/Brighton).
In District 4 (Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale), Brian Worrell defeated former state Rep. Evandro Carvalho.
Question 1 (to give the City Council more say in budgeting) and Question 3 (bring back an elected School Committee) won.The first is binding, the second is advisory. Question 2, which asks voters whether they support putting an electric substation in a flood zone next to a playground and police station, and which is also advisory, is losing.
Bostonians for an Elected School Committee says:
Now it’s time for the City Council, Mayor-elect Michelle Wu, and the Boston delegation on Beacon Hill to carry out the mandate of the voters and move swiftly to pass a home rule petition that will allow Boston residents to do what residents in every other city and town in Massachusetts already do -- vote for the people who set policy for our public schools.
More to come.