30-year old Michelle Wu, just the second Asian American elected to the Boston City Council, has declared she will run for the Council presidency, reports the Boston Globe.
The councilwoman won reelection last week to her at-large seat, attracting more votes than any other candidate except Ayanna Pressley. In a state that has only a handful of elected Asian American officials, Wu’s ascendancy to council president would be a huge gain for diversity.
“This would be a seminal moment for our community,” said Leverett Wing, who was a top aide to former Senate President Tom Birmingham. “It’s not just her winning. It’s all the offshoots of her winning. It would inspire other people to do that.”
Wu was first elected in 2013 after working on the successful senate campaign of her former law professor, Elizabeth Warren. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2012.
There are two other candidates for the council presidency, Mark Ciommo of Brighton and Matt O’Malley of Jamaica Plain.
You can read about the lack of elected Asian Americans in Massachusetts in the Boston Globe.