City Council President Kim Janey To Be Boston's First Female, Black Mayor

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has accepted President-Elect Joe Biden’s offer to be Secretary of Labor.

Walsh’s immediate successor, City Council President Kim Janey, will make history if Walsh is confirmed.

Janey would become the acting mayor, making her the city’s first female – and the first person of color – to serve in the post.

Amanda Hunter, Executive Director of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation in Cambridge, says Janey will be good for the city. She called having a woman as acting mayor, “the latest sign of historic change.”

“My boss Barbara Lee calls Boston the original old boy’s club,” she said.

Hunter said she was happy that the city’s mayoral candidates are two women of color so far, Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell.

“Having multiple women in a race will take gender out of the equation, and instead of being the token woman, each woman can simply be herself,” she said.

Janey congratulated Walsh on being offered the position over Twitter, saying his "deep love for the City, and his dedication to working people and good jobs, have left a remarkable impact."

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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