Officials Set Mid-November Start Date For New Boston Mayor

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio)— The winner of Boston's mayoral election will be sworn in on Nov. 16, only two weeks after the election.

Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey met with the two candidates for mayor, City Councilors Michelle Wu and Anissa Essaibi George, Friday to discuss the election timeline. The trio agreed on Nov. 16 to be the day the winner is sworn in, which is two weeks after the mayoral election date and beyond the 10 day recount petition period. If no recount is done, the results will be certified on Nov. 15.

Since the office of mayor is technically vacant, with Janey serving as acting mayor after Mayor Marty Walsh left to join the Biden Administration, this race has different rules for when the new mayor takes over.

Janey will lead administrative discussions with Wu and Essaibi George ahead of the election, as well as give them summaries and briefings on the position and city departments in the coming months to help prepare them for the job, according to the press release.

“From my first to my last day as mayor, the wellbeing of Boston’s residents has remained my top priority,” Mayor Janey said in a statement. “Starting these conversations with Councilors Wu and Essaibi George now helps ensure the new mayor will be ready to do her job and address the concerns of Boston’s residents on day one.”

Whoever wins the election will be the first woman and person of color to be elected as mayor of Boston. Janey was sworn in as the city's first female and Black mayor after Mayor Walsh became Labor Secretary for President Biden.

Residents of Boston will vote for mayor on Nov. 2.

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