On January 4th, 2016, Boston City Councilor At-Large, Michelle Wu, was voted by her colleagues the “first Asian American, first woman of color, and third woman to ever hold the office in the Boston City Council’s 106-year history.” Additionally, she is also the council’s youngest current member.
City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who gets confused with another O’Malley, had dropped his bid against her, making this vote unanimous. When she first ran for City Council in 2013, she received the second highest amount of votes, behind City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.
More on Wu’s background can be found here.
On the exact same day, Cambridge City Councilor Denise Simmons was unanimously voted Mayor, succeeded City Councilor David Maher. She is the nation’s first black, openly lesbian mayor when she was voted by her colleagues Mayor in 2008, and is currently serving her eighth-term on the Council. She is a lifelong Cambridge resident who has previously served as Executive Director of the Cambridge Civic Unity Committee, and served a decade on the Cambridge School Committee. She has received the endorsements of Young Democrats of Massachusetts, and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
In celebration of Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin’s 100th birthday, here is Simmons moderating a panel for the screening of, Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. The event was jointly sponsored by HBGC and MassEquality.
On this same day, City Councilor Marc McGovern was voted by his colleagues Vice Mayor of Cambridge. He has served four-terms on the Cambridge School Committee, before running for City Council in 2013. He is currently serving his second-term. More on McGovern’s background can be found here.
As someone who supported Latinos in the past, it is unfortunate to not see City Councilor Dennis Benzan on the Council. He helped a great deal in changing the name of Area Four into the Port. He is also the first Latino to serve on the Council, as well as it’s first Latino Vice Mayor, which he was voted by his colleagues during his first term. I did show up at his campaign kick-off back in June for re-election. More on Benzan’s background can be found here.