Democrat Pressley shocks 20-year incumbent

06 September, 2018, 04:25 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Ten-term male Democrat falls to progressive black woman in Massachusetts primary

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley scored an upset win in a MA primary Tuesday night and is set to become the state's first black congresswoman-especially since no Republican is running against her in the 7th Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, who district included Randolph and part of Milton, was dealt a stunning defeat by Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who campaign had drawn national attention.

Pressley was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Everett CapuanoPressley blasts Trump as "racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt" Ocasio-Cortez congratulates "sister in service" Pressley after Mass. primary win Capuano falls to Democratic challenger Pressley in Mass. primary MORE (D-Mass.). @AyannaPressley just shook up the world with her congressional victory.

Capuano was endorsed by prominent MA figures, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, the state's first black governor. In 2009, she was the first woman of colour ever elected to the Boston City Council.

As of Wednesday morning, Lori Trahan held a 223-vote lead over Dan Koh, a former chief of staff for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, local media reported.

"A progressive voting record in the most progressive seat in the country is not enough", Pressley said during a recent campaign event. "These times require and this district deserves bold, activist leadership". Pressley backs Medicare-for-all, the single-payer health care proposal, which helped her garner backing from Our Revolution, the offshoot of Vermont Sen. Pressley, a Democrat, beat the incumbent representative Michael Capuano.

In a speech after her win, Ms Pressley said: "Change is coming and the future belongs to all of us".

Capuano, 66, first won the seat in 1998 but struggled to keep up with Pressley as she argued that a young and majority-nonwhite district needed a fresh voice in Washington.

But here was Ayanna Pressley, a Boston City Council member and rising Democratic star, exhorting volunteers in a Cambridge restaurant with an impassioned performance style she learned as a child at her grandfather's storefront Baptist church in Chicago. She turned her struggles into a rallying cry, saying, "The people closest to the pain should be closest to the power".

"We have to be disruptive in our democracy and our policymaking and how we run and win elections", she said in an interview this summer with The Associated Press, adding that Ocasio-Cortez's victory challenged "narratives about who has a right to run and when, and who can win" in American politics.


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