Ayanna Pressley to seek council presidency, prompt showdown with Bill Linehan

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City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is actively courting support for a run at the council presidency -- an 11th hour candidacy that has council members bracing for a heated leadership battle when the newly elected council meets for the first time on Monday.

The council presidency is now a showdown between Pressley, a popular councilor beloved by the city’s progressives, and Bill Linehan, the South Boston district councilor who is considered one of the body’s most conservative members.

“I’m confident that I could lead and represent the council,” Pressley said in a telephone interview with the Globe today. “I’m someone who has had to be able to bridge build and form coalitions and to find common ground. That’s what I would do as council president.”

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