Michelle Wu says she has enough votes to be the next City Council president

Incumbent City Councilor Michelle Wu campaigned for re-election at the Victoria's Diner.
Incumbent City Councilor Michelle Wu campaigned for re-election at the Victoria's Diner. –Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe

Before even wrapping up her first term in office, City Councilor Michelle Wu announced Friday that she has enough support from her fellow councilors to secure the “largely symbolic’’ position of City Council president, The Boston Globe reported.

Wu told the Globe that she has at least seven of the 13 councilors’ votes, which would ensure her the position when councilors are expected to vote in January. If Wu wins, she’ll be the first Asian-American and woman of color to ever lead Boston City Council, and, at 30 years old, she is also its youngest member.

Globe columnist Shirley Leung weighed in on the news, writing that Asian-Americans have often long been underrepresented in Boston’s political arena.

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“The vote, scheduled for early January, will saw a lot about our establishment’s appetite for change,’’ Leung wrote. “It’s also an opportunity to consider something that hardly any of us dwell on: Asian-Americans as a political force.’’

Leung noted that 9 percent of Boston is Asian, yet Wu is only the second Asian-American to serve on the Council. For Leung, Asian culture — which values ambition in fields other than public service — is partially to blame.

“Leadership comes in many different forms,’’ Wu said. “Even though people say I can be soft spoken or [of] smaller stature physically, I am very conscious it is my role to encourage young people to step up and see themselves in these positions of leadership.’’

Read the full Globe story here, and give Leung’s column a full read here.

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