Boston's Ayanna Pressley follows trail blazed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Elizabeth Houston
September 5, 2018

"It is time to show Washington, DC, both my fellow Democrats who I hope will stand with us and Republicans who may stand in our way. change is coming and the future belongs to all of us".

Pressley has always been identified as a rising star in the Democratic Party. She was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council in 2009. She joins a number of other black women who've won their primaries this year, including Stacey Abrams, who's running for governor in Georgia, Lauren Underwood, running for a congressional seat in IL, and Jahana Hayes, who's also running for a seat in Congress from CT.

Mr. Capuano conceded the race to Ms. Pressley on Tuesday night, though the Associated Press had yet to declare a victor in the race. "America is going to be OK", Capuano said in his concession speech.

Video posted on Twitter by Jesse Mermell shows Pressley, a Boston City councilor, trying to gather her emotions as results show she beat incumbent Rep.

It's not a sight you see every day, certainly not around Boston - a black woman mounting a plausible challenge to a 10-term white congressman from her own party, a politician with vast connections who votes the progressive line and opposes everything Trump.

She was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who knocked off veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of NY in June.

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Pressley, the first black woman to serve on the council, is now on track to represent an area of MA once served by Democratic icons Tip O'Neill and John F. Kennedy.

With Pressley off the council, Garrison may finally, after more than 20 attempts, have the chance to swoop back into an elected office.

Pressley had campaigned heavily on issues like defunding US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) and passing a clean Dream Act to support young undocumented immigrants.

Pressley lives in the Dorchester neighbourhood of Boston with her husband, Conan Harris, and stepdaughter.

Before Ayanna Pressley celebrated her triumph surrounded by dozens of supporters, a wave of shock hit her behind closed doors.

"I am very determined; I don't give up that easy, " Garrison said in February when asked about her potential political reincarnation.

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