“This is a choice for our future,” said Tuesday evening Wu, a progressive backed by Senator Elizabeth Warren who touts a Boston Green New Deal. “It’s about whether City Hall is tackling our biggest challenges with bold solutions or we’re nibbling on the edges of the status quo.”
Essaibi George later replied, “Boldness is in doing it. And instead of just advocating and participating in academic exercises and having great conversations, as the mayor, I will be doing these things. “
Essaibi George, who avoids being called moderate or centrist, dismissed such labels as “lazy” in his victory speech. But some voters said they liked having a more moderate option in a progressive-leaning field, and Essaibi George walked a fine line last night between calling for change and presenting many of his progressive rival’s ideas as too far-fetched. to reach.
“The mayor of Boston cannot release the T. The mayor of Boston cannot impose rent control,” Essaibi George said in two direct blows against Wu and his policies.
By raising Wu and Essaibi George, voters denied acting mayor Kim Janey a chance to secure a full term. Janey became the first black woman and the first person of color to rule the city after former Mayor Marty Walsh was chosen by President Joe Biden to serve as Secretary of Labor.
All three black candidates in the race – Janey, City Councilor Andrea Campbell and former city economic development chief John Barros – failed on Tuesday, realizing that the black community feared that they did not come together behind one. candidate would lose them all.
State Representative Chynah Tyler, chair of the Black and Latino caucus in the Legislative Assembly that supported Campbell, has vowed to hold the remaining two candidates accountable for the needs of black people in Boston. State Representative Nika Elugardo, who supported Janey, said she hoped “we will be galvanized” by the losses. “We don’t really have any other meaningful choices,” she said.
As district councilors, Janey and Campbell proved unable to harness city-wide voter networks. Wu and Essaibi George have spent years cultivating themselves through their races on the General Council. Wu and Essaibi George were the top two voters in the 2019 Council general election.
While Janey had the advantage of the bully chair in Tuesday’s preliminary competition, her five-plus-month tenure as interim mayor has turned into a double-edged sword. Janey’s time at Town Hall was a tumultuous time as she went from one crisis to the next – among them the unsolved police scandals she inherited from Walsh and the worsening of the public health crisis at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. The coronavirus resurgence quickly eclipsed her early efforts to bolster housing security and opened her to sustained criticism from rivals who hammered her as being too slow to act on the vaccine and mask mandates.