The faces are all new however what’s purported to be a historic election is wanting so much like the identical previous Boston — dominated by racial and neighborhood divisions, uninspired voters and a botched vote rely.
A mayoral contest that featured 5 candidates of coloration, 4 of them girls, for the primary time within the metropolis’s annals ended up being stricken by the identical low voter turnout and old-style Boston politics. Metropolis Councilor Michelle Wu was anticipated to high the balloting, giving her a spot within the November election.
Metropolis Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George will be a part of her within the Nov. 2 closing.
However due to what Boston election officers described as a delayed vote rely as a consequence of late drop-in ballots, we nonetheless didn’t have any actual outcomes three hours after the polls closed. That is weird even for Boston.
1000’s of ballots had been dropped off in bins on Tuesday, however the metropolis couldn’t rely them as a result of they needed to be cross-checked with voter lists.
Even with early voting and mail-in ballots, voters gave the impression to be staying away from the polls in droves — although Boston will elect its first-ever nonwhite, nonmale mayor. With just some hours left earlier than polls closed, solely about two in 10 registered voters had been exhibiting as much as vote — and that quantity was even decrease in some neighborhoods.
Voters didn’t appear impressed by the sector and the town’s preliminary election seemed so much like previous preliminary elections — marked by apathy and assaults.
Metropolis Councilor Andrea Campbell, one of many 5 seeking to make the ultimate election, spent a lot of the marketing campaign sniping at Appearing Mayor Kim Janey. She conceded late Tuesday night time.
And particular curiosity teams, together with tremendous PACs and unions, pulled their weight within the race by funding TV spots and different promoting on behalf of some of the candidates.
A brilliant PAC backed by former Police Commissioner William Gross ran TV advertisements for Essaibi-George whereas one other tremendous PAC funded by a small group of constitution college proponents stepped in for Campbell.
Janey surprisingly had little assist from conventional incumbency perks like metropolis employees and large enterprise executives, and which will have contributed to her struggling stand within the polls.
Janey had a profitable blueprint — the 1993 marketing campaign by then-acting Mayor Thomas M. Menino — however she didn’t observe it.
Essentially the most aggressive campaigners had been Campbell and Essaibi-George. Essentially the most upbeat candidate was ever-smiling Wu, who surprisingly endured no assaults and even gentle criticism from the media or the remainder of the sector.
That ought to change now that the overall election is on. Anticipate Wu to should defend herself and her positions because the presumptive front-runner.