The city of Boston has elected its first woman and Black mayor. Kim Janey was sworn in the mayoral office on March 23. Her predecessor, Marty Walsh, resigned to become President Joe Biden’s labor secretary.
Janey previously served as the Boston City Council President.
Boston has a long history of Irish-American mayors. Walsh, who is Irish-American had welcomed the change.
“History will be made tonight,” said Walsh. “We’re an extremely diverse city from different backgrounds and different nationalities and different skin colors. I think it’s a good thing for our city. I think it’s a great thing for our city.”
Also, Janey wished Walsh well on Twitter following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
“Congratulations on your confirmation, Secretary Walsh. You are a proud son of Dorchester who will bring our city with you,” she tweeted. “The working people of America will benefit greatly from your passion.”
Congratulations on your confirmation, Secretary Walsh. You are a proud son of Dorchester who will bring our city with you to the @USDOL. The working people of America will benefit greatly from your passion.
Now, we look ahead to a new day — a new chapter — in Boston’s history. https://t.co/Tp2802GKd4
— Kim Janey (@Kim_Janey) March 22, 2021
Walsh mentioned for the past two months, he and Janey had regular meetings and conversations to prepare for the change.
Janey’s rise has been quick in the political world. She had sworn in as the city councilor three years ago.
During the beginning of her career, Janey became an advocate for the Massachusetts Advocates for Children. While there, she pushed for policy changes that were aimed to ensure equity for public schools in Boston.
In 2017, she won the race against 13 candidates and became the first woman to serve in District 7. This also included most of Roxbury, South End, Dorchester, and Fenway in Boston.
Although Janey is currently holding the office on an interim level, the 55-year-old has plans of longevity.
On April 6, Janay announced her plans to run for a full term and plans to tackle COVID, racial and economic equity.
“The work to address the challenges we face from COVID and racial inequalities that have been inherited from centuries of structural racism will take longer than a few months to change,” Janey said. “It is going to take fearless leadership, bold action, and a commitment to doing the hard work to make Boston an equitable city that our residents want, need, and deserve, and I am 100% committed to leading this change.”
Kim Janay is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The organization congratulated her on their Twitter.
Chalise Thomas is a Mass Communications major at Albany State University. She lives in Jonesboro, GA