Boston Mayoral Race Updates

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Boston voters will select two mayoral candidates on Tuesday to go through the November general election.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey, city councilors Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi George, and former Boston economic development chief John Barros are all running for mayor of Boston. Boston Globe File Photos / Illustration by Michael Begay, Boston.com

There can only be two.

Boston voters who had not yet mailed their ballots or voted early head to the polls to vote in the city’s preliminary municipal elections on Tuesday, narrowing the diverse field to two general election finalists November 2.

Scroll down for candidate and issue information, and check back here for race updates throughout the day.

Declared candidates:

See a round-up of contestants’ Q&A and previous race coverage, here.

See updates before September 14 here.


As unofficial election results lagged hours after the vote ended in Boston, City Councilor Michelle Wu said her campaign firmly believes she is one of the top two voters – positions needed to qualify for the general elections of November 2.

“We are confident that we have done the first two and are moving on to the final elections,” she told supporters at an event in Roslindale.

Two hours after the polling stations closed at 8 p.m., the results were still not available from the city’s electoral service.

Wu admitted that the ballots were still being counted, later adding in his remarks that Tuesday night was not “a celebration of victory” but a thank you to his team and supporters for their work during the course. of the past year.

But his speech exuded Wu’s confidence in his standing among his preliminary opponents and his popularity among Boston voters. (Several polls had put Wu in the lead in recent weeks.)

She painted a rosy vision of what the future might hold in Boston, touting a popular campaign that spanned languages, cultures and generations.

She told the crowd, “It’s a moment on our shoulders.”

“This is the time when we will look back someday and say, ‘Boston has stepped up with all of us at the table,’” Wu said later.

As voters wait to see which candidates qualify for the Boston general election in November, Rep. Ayanna Pressley said the “historically diverse” field of mayoral and city council candidates has already made a lasting contribution.

“No matter what tonight’s results, these current candidates and office holders, their families, staff and supporters have changed our city forever and for good, through their commitment, courage and sweat,” wrote Pressley in a series of tweets after polling stations were closed in the town’s preliminary elections on Tuesday night.

“Boston will be better off for it,” she said. “Different questions will be called. The lived experiences of more Bostonians will be enhanced. [And] more people in our city will be reflected in the corridors of power. I am so proud of the city where our family is our home.

As the first woman of color elected to Boston City Council, the now-Massachusetts congresswoman highlighted the growing diversity of the body, which has spawned four women of color to lead the mayoral race from 2021. She noted that the estate includes “a lot of my town hall partners”.

Pressley did not support any candidate in the mayoral or city council races. However, four of the five mayoral candidates – Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell, Kim Janey and John Barros – and more than a dozen city council candidates have signed a political pledge affirming their support for the Boston Democrat’s priorities (Annissa Essaibi George was the only mayoral candidate who did not). The Pressley campaign also sent pizzas to the five mayoral campaigns on Monday night.

After the months-long run, it also shed light on the people and behind-the-scenes work that made the campaigns possible and raised inaudible voices.

“History does not happen in an election day, or even in an election cycle,” Pressley wrote. “History is made by the candidates, the organizers, the advocates, the volunteers who have worked for years – for generations – to build our communities. To build movements. To build power.

After a long weekend of barnstorming through Boston neighborhoods and polling Tuesday, the city’s five candidates for the city’s next mayor finally have time to rest, if not relax, as the results fall on election night.

City Councilor Michelle Wu plans to host an election night for family and supporters on the patio of Distraction Brewing Co. in her neighborhood of Roslindale, according to her campaign.

Meanwhile, across Franklin Park, City Councilor Andrea Campbell will be welcoming supporters to Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Dorchester (in line with Campbell’s calls for a city-wide COVID-19 vaccine passport, proof of vaccination will be required to attend, depending on his campaign).

Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s team are hosting an outdoor election results monitoring night at the renovated SoWa power station.

City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George’s campaign calls for a waterfront election night at Restaurant Venezia in the Neponset neighborhood of Dorchester, a part of town where she expects strong support.

John Barros, the town’s former head of economic development, will also spend the night in Dorchester – just a mile from Campbell’s Watch Party – at Restaurante Cesaria, the Cape Verdean restaurant he operates, to enjoy the results with his family, his friends and supporters.

Mayoral candidate and city councilor Andrea Campbell was one of the first to vote at her polling station – the Lower Mills branch library in Dorchester – voting at 7 a.m. Tuesday when the polls opened . They will remain open in the city until 8 p.m.

Campbell was joined shortly by City Councilor Michelle Wu, who voted at Phineas Bates Elementary School in Roslindale. Wu was accompanied by her two sons, Blaise and Cass, as well as her husband, Conor Pewarski.

Michelle Wu votes at Phineas Bates Primary School in Roslindale with her two sons, Cass and Blaise (right). – David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

Acting Mayor Kim Janey voted at the Yawkey Club in Roxbury. She was joined by her mother, daughter and granddaughter – a family tradition, she says.

Councilor Annissa Essaibi George and John Barros, the former head of economic development, voted for the location of the Boston Housing Authority on Bellflower Street and Uphams Crossing, both in Dorchester, respectively.

Annissa Essaibi George holds up her ballot before voting. – John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe
John Barros prepares to vote, while voting with his wife, Tchintcia. – Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

Thirty-eight years ago, Mel King became the first black candidate to reach the general election in a Boston mayoral race.

Now, the pioneering activist and politician is hoping to push Acting Mayor Kim Janey into the two-man final – and beyond.

In an endorsement announced late Monday night, King backed Janey to be Boston’s next long-term mayor.

“I am 92 years old,” he said in a statement. “I have spent my whole life fighting for a more equitable and just Boston. The one who demolishes the walls of racial and economic injustice in Boston and builds a multicultural, multiethnic and multigenerational coalition that will bring a new light to the city. I believe the person who will lead this change is Mayor Kim Janey. “

The approval came just 10 hours before the vote on the eve of the preliminary elections on Tuesday, with polls showing Janey virtually tied with city councilors Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi George for second place to advance to the November 2 general election.

King said he had known Janey and her family for “decades,” noting that the acting mayor volunteered as a teenager during his 1983 mayoral campaign (King ultimately lost the race to the Mayor Ray Flynn). A former state representative for the 9th district of Suffolk, the longtime South End resident said Janey “carries the torch” for the “multiracial and multigenerational rainbow coalition” he led there. has four decades.

“I have seen her become a passionate advocate and leader for equity and excellence in our schools, for affordable housing for every family, to continue to build a city to open doors for jobs and opportunities. education, and to close the wealth and opportunity gaps that still plague our city, ”King said. “She did it in just five months as mayor, and I think she can do so much more with four years older. This is why I support her and, more importantly, I vote for her.

“Mel King has helped shape my life as an activist which has made me who I am today,” Janey said in a statement. “He is a giant, a legend, a pioneer. His influence is felt throughout our city, across generations, and I am very honored to have earned his support in this race.

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