Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who was a Boston metropolis councilor lower than a yr in the past, is wading into the primary City Council race since she was elected to Congress.
In a press launch Thursday, Pressley introduced her endorsements for the 4 at-large City Council seats up for grabs within the Nov. 5 election. A former at-large councilor herself from 2010 to 2019, the Massachusetts congresswoman backed two incumbents and two newcomers to the race. Receiving her help for reelection have been councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George, together with two progressive challengers, Alejandra St. Guillen and Julia Mejia.
“I am so proud to have served on the Boston City Council alongside Michelle and Annissa, and to have gotten to know Alejandra and Julia through their years of service to our city,” Pressley mentioned in a press release. “Collectively, Michelle, Annissa, Alejandra, and Julia have devoted decades to advocating for and lifting up the residents of Boston.”
As the primary lady of shade to serve on the Boston City Council, Pressley’s endorsements envision progressive girls of shade sweeping the 4 at-large seats for the primary time within the legislative physique’s 110-year historical past.
St. Guillen, the previous director of the town’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, has additionally been endorsed by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and a slate of native progressive teams and different elected officers. Mejia, a former MTV producer and training advocacy group founder, has the backing of a quantity outstanding native progressive activists and legislators. Both are Boston natives.
Notably absent from the checklist have been two incumbent metropolis councilors. Pressley unnoticed longtime Councilor Michael Flaherty — a Southie Democrat who held an at-large seat since 1999, except for a four-year hole following his 2009 mayoral marketing campaign — and Councilor Althea Garrison, a conservative, perennial candidate from Dorchester who, because the fifth-place finisher within the earlier City Council race, was appointed to fill Pressley’s seat earlier this yr.
Pressley didn’t point out a cause for why she snubbed Flaherty and Garrison. However, the 2 councilors have notably damaged with their colleagues with regards to housing and transportation, which have been amongst an inventory of broad points Pressley says the council should tackle. During a Roxbury discussion board Tuesday night time, Flaherty and Garrison have been the one at-large candidates within the eight-person subject that opposed elevating Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy threshold — requiring housing builders to order 13 % of models for reasonably priced housing — to a minimum of 20 %, based on WGBH. They additionally each spoke out towards a proposal by Wu in April to cost Boston residents $25 for residential parking permits, that are at present free; Garrison even reportedly criticized Wu for the proposal once more throughout the Roxbury discussion board this week.
However, Pressley’s marketing campaign says her endorsements are extra concerning the qualities of the 4 candidates she backed, than the 4 she didn’t (the 2 different challengers that survived final month’s preliminary election are David Halbert and Erin Murphy).
“In this moment, it is even more essential that we elect leaders at the local level who will stand with those who find themselves under attack, and who will advocate and work every day, in partnership with community, to make real progress on the challenges facing Boston residents — from housing, healthcare, and education to transportation, immigration, and so many more,” Pressley mentioned within the press launch, which mentioned President Donald Trump’s administration was exacerbating “persistent inequities” dealing with native residents.
“In times like these, it is essential that we elect leaders like Michelle, Annissa, Alejandra, and Julia,” she mentioned. “I look forward to working with them to continue to move Boston forward, for everyone.”