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Council To Be Woman-Majority: Wu, Flaherty, Essaibi-George Re-Elected, Mejia Wins At-Large Seat

Last updated on November 5, 2019

Three incumbents coasted to victory in the at-large Boston City Council race, with one newcomer, Julia Mejia, earning a victory. And for the first time ever, the Boston City Council will be majority female.

The at-large council race featured eight candidates vying for four spots. Incumbent Althea Garrison, who became a city councilor after Ayanna Pressley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, came in seventh.

Just as she did in September’s preliminary election, Michelle Wu topped the at-large city council race. Fellow incumbents Michael Flaherty and Annissa Essaibi-George were neck-and-neck in the next two spots in Tuesday’s election.

And after gaining word that she had won, and Alejandra St. Guillen had conceded, the party was on at The Frogmore in Jamaica Plain where Mejia had been waiting for results. Mejia actually won by a mere 10 votes, according to

Along with Mejia, Kenzie Bok was elected in District 8, Liz Breadon was elected in District 9, and with district council incumbents Lydia Edwards, Andrea Campbell, and Kim Janey being reelected, the council now has eight women, outnumbering men for the first time.