Michelle Wu Wins Boston City Council At-Large Race

By David Li, bostonese.com

Boston, Nov. 6, 2013, — Eleven months after she filed for Boston City Council At-Large candidacy, Michelle Wu won a decisive victory in Tuesday’s Boston city municipal elections. Getting 18% votes among eight city councilor at-large candidates competing for four seats, 28-year-old Michelle Wu was elected as the first Chinese-American Boston City Councilor.
Senator Warren (left) and Michelle Wu pose for a picture on Nov. 2, 2013 (provided by Wu’s campaign).

Another minority candidate, Ayanna Pressley was re-elected as city councilor at-large, getting 18.3% votes. Michael Flaherty and Stephen Murphy would return as city councilor at-large, getting 16.6% and 13.5% votes respectively.

Wu declared her candidacy for Boston city councilor at-large on Dec. 11, 2012, and has campaigned tirelessly after that. She has been leading in the polls after finished fourth in the September 2013 primary.

Wu’s campaign got a boost last week when Boston Herald and Boston Globe endorsed her in consecutive days. Her professor at Harvard Law School, Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Wu’s get-out-the-vote drive on Saturday, Nov. 2.

“Amazing GOTV kickoff rally and canvass launch today in Dudley Square with my friend and mentor, Elizabeth Warren, and the Bon Me Food Truck! Thank you to everyone who came!” Wu wrote on a Facebook post. Wu’s campaign staff and supporters celebrated the victory in a restaurant in Boston Chinatown.
(L to R)Michelle Wu, Beatrice Lee, and Lingyu Zhao at Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center Brighton House on Oct. 25, 2013 (photo by David Li).

Beatrice Lee, a supporter of Wu’s campaign, congratulated Wu’s historical victory. “She campaigned really hard, and won a well-deserved victory,” said Ms. Lee.