By Shruti Rajkumar, AsAmNews Intern
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu released a statement tonight declaring victory in the primary for Boston mayor.
Later, interim Mayor Kim Janey conceded defeat and congratulated Wu and Councilor Annissa Enabi George for finishing 1st and second and advancing to November’s general election.
Earlier in the evening, Wu told an enthusiastic crowd of supporters that she’s confident she would finish in the top two.
“This is a choice about our future,” Wu said. “This is a choice about who’s in the room….More is possible.”
Unofficial election returns released by the city showed Wu leading with 33% of the vote, followed by George with 22%, Andrea Joy Campbell and Janey were neck and neck at 19%.
Dozens of upbeat Wu supporters were gathered at a local brewery in Roslindale for what turned into a victory party.
Many of the supporters were drinking and laughing and the mood could definitely be described as joyful.
Wu is considered a front runner and could become the only Asian American mayor outside California and the mayor of one of the largest cities in the country.
“She is a once in a generation kind of leader,” said NY State Assembly leader Yuh-Line Niou who attended the party. “She’s brilliant. I think Boston should take this chance to make history for Asian Americans across the country,” Niou said to AsAmNews.
Wu would become the first woman and person of color elected mayor of Boston.
“I do appreciate how progressive she is. I like the policies I’m hearing,” Chinatown resident and Quincy native Aznjujube W. said to AsAmNews.
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