Taiwanese-American Michelle Wu, the first woman and person of color to be elected as Boston mayor, was sworn in on Tuesday, saying that she would work to make Boston a city for everyone.
The 36-year-old Wu faced off against fellow city councilor Annissa Essaibi George in the mayoral election on Nov. 2, and won in a landslide with nearly 64 percent of the vote.
The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, she is the first Asian-American to serve as mayor of Boston.
Her swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday was held at Boston City Hall, and she said in her speech that the first time she set foot in the building, she felt invisible, "swallowed up by the maze of echoing concrete hallways, intimidated by the checkpoints and looming government counters, reminded of why my immigrant family tried to stay away from spaces like these."
"But our family's struggles brought me to an internship with Mayor Menino and his Chief of Staff Mitch Weiss, and an unexpected full-circle journey over the last decade. Today I know City Hall's passageways and stairwells like my own home," she said.
Because city government is the level closest to the people, "we must do the big and the small. Every streetlight, every pothole, every park, every classroom, lays the foundation for greater change," Wu said.
"Not only is it possible for Boston to deliver basic city services and generational change -- it is absolutely necessary in this moment. We'll tackle our biggest challenges by getting the small things right, and by getting City Hall out of City Hall and into our neighborhoods, block by block, street by street," she said.
"The reason to make a Boston for everyone is because we need everyone for Boston, right now. We have so much work to do, and it will take all of us to get it done. So let's get to work," she concluded.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Senator Elizabeth Warren, who taught Wu at Harvard Law School, as well as Senator Ed Markey, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker.
Wu was the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Boston City Council when she was first elected in 2013, and she was re-elected to the council three times before running for mayor. She served as council president from 2016 to 2018, the first non-white person ever to hold the role.
A progressive Democrat, Wu ran on policies such as affordable housing, police reform, closing the racial wealth gap, and a city-level Green New Deal in her mayoral campaign.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel