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Boston will elect its first woman to lead the city. What does it mean to you?

For the first time since 1822, Boston will elect a woman, and a person of color, to its highest office.

Annissa Essaibi George, left, and Michelle Wu. File

In the nearly 200 years of Boston’s existence, the city has never elected a woman mayor. Now, with Anissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu on the ballot for mayor, Boston is guaranteed to elect a woman of color to the highest office in the city for the first time ever. 

Since it first became incorporated as a city in 1822, Boston has been exclusively led by white men. Acting Mayor Kim Janey became the first woman and first person of color to serve as mayor after former mayor Marty Walsh joined President Joe Biden’s administration as labor secretary. 

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Come Nov. 2, however, the city will elect its next mayor and for the first time, neither candidate will be a white man. The field during the preliminary race for mayor was already more diverse than it had been in years past. All but one of the candidates — Kim Janey, Michelle Wu, Annissa Essaibi George, Andrea Campbell, and John Barros — were women and all identify as people of color.

“I am very excited to see two women candidates of color on the ballot,” said Daniela C. of Brighton after Wu and Essaibi George’s victory in September’s preliminary election. “I do hope they will follow through on the progressive ideas they are currently championing.”

Boston.com reporters continue to share the latest news of the mayoral race through a live blog and reporting on each candidate, including wide-ranging interviews with both Wu and Essaibi George on topics such as education, Mass. and Cass., policing, the MBTA, housing, and more. 

Before this election comes to an end, we want to know how Bostonians feel about the city electing its first woman, and first person of color, as mayor. What does it mean to you to have a woman in office as mayor? What other progress would you like to see Boston make? 

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