Even before Marty Walsh spilling the beans, this is no surprise.
The Mayor of Boston has power that affects the entire region. I’ve admired Wu for years for her emphasis on climate resiliency, and her recognition that climate change is an immediate, at-home threat. I’m pleased to have a mayoral candidate run explicitly on the issues of transit, especially transit justice; affordability and displacement; education inequity; the racial wealth gap — seemingly intractable things. Go big or go home.
In order to institute the change she wants, though, she’ll require considerable help from the state, and hopefully the federal government. Those of us outside the city ought to recognize the widespread benefits from addressing educational, transit, and climate justice.
Many folks in powerful positions conserve their political capital by retreating from big challenges. Should Wu win, she will make herself unpopular by challenging incumbent powers; and she won’t always succeed. An effective change-maker will be less popular, almost by definition.