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.
Observing from outside the city, I’m a fan. It’s said that Andrea Campbell also may be running. Let’s hear more.
I wish that I could vote for her.
I can and will contribute to her campaign.
I voted for Tito last time and would vote for Wu if I lived in Boston. She can hopefully bring together the communities that voted for Connolly against Walsh in 13’ while peeling off some of the communities of color that voted for him twice he has (in my view) ignored. Also a lot of young people have been moving in, the same folks who put Pressley over the top two years ago.
This is a great ad. So was Titos. Both are positive and upbeat, the problem is, as Tito and Joe Kennedy discovered, is you have to make a case against the incumbent too. I hope she can really take the gloves off and make that case. Unlike Tito, and like Ayanna, she is a proven citywide vote topper for the at large seats. I hope she can make that