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Kim Janey Is Now Boston’s First Black and First Woman Mayor

Kim Janey was sworn in on March 24th in the swearing-in ceremony. Janey, who is coming from a position as City Council president, is excited to bring diversity to the office.

Politics in Boston is getting a makeover with the election of its first Black and first female mayor.

Kim Janey made history in the city on Monday, March 22nd at 9:01 p.m., one minute after former mayor Marty Walsh resigned. She was sworn in on March 24th in the swearing-in ceremony.

Janey, who is coming from a position as City Council president, is excited to bring diversity to the office.  

“I think it’s a good thing for our city. I think it’s a great thing for our city,” Janey said during the ceremony.

The Smith College graduate was the first woman elected to represent District 7 in 2017 before being elected to president of the council last year. Janey has worked with several local advocacy groups, including Massachusetts Advocates for Children, the Boston NAACP,  the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and MassVOTE.

As of now, Janey’s role is temporary, only taking the city to the November election. She has not yet confirmed if she is going to seek a full term.

One of her first duties in the office is to rally with transportation advocates as they put pressure on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to resume bus, subway, ferry, and commuter rail service as soon as possible.

In her op-ed in The Boston Globe, Janey also stressed that combatting the COVID-19 pandemic was a top priority of her’s.

“That starts with an unrelenting focus to address the impacts of COVID-19,” Janey wrote. Though she is pleased with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, she feels that “we must do a better job of making vaccines accessible, especially to the communities hardest hit.”

Hopefully, this powerhouse will decide to run for office long term.

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