BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey has made it official — she is running for a full term in the upcoming mayoral election in November.
Janey made the announcement in Nubian Square Tuesday morning. She said some of her some of her main messages will include fighting racial and economic inequalities, as well as fighting COVID-19.
"The work to address the challenges we face from COVID and racial inequalities, that have been inherited from centuries of structural racism, will take longer than a few months to change," Janey said.
Janey, 55, recently became the first black person and woman to serve as Boston Mayor when she was sworn in last month to take the place of U.S. Secretary of Labor and Former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
She is a fourth-generation Roxbury resident and a graduate of Reading Public Schools and Smith College in Northampton.
Her career began in the education sector while working for Massachusetts Advocates for Children, a nonprofit children's advocacy group in downtown Boston that aims to remove systemic barriers to education.
This is also not the first time Janey has made history in the political realm. Upon winning a seat on the Boston City Council in 2017 — she became the first woman to represent District 7 — which includes Roxbury and parts of Dorchester, Fenway and the South End. She later became president of the council in January of 2020.
If you would like to learn more about Janey's platform, you can visit her campaign website.
Janey enters the 2021 mayoral race among three other Boston city councilors: Andrea Campbell, Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu. Other candidates include Massachusetts Representative Jon Santiago, former Boston Economic Development Chief Jon Barros and former hotel manager Dana Depelteau.
WBZ NewsRadio's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports