Kim Janey poised to make history as Boston’s first Black mayor

Within days, District 7 City Councilor and Council President Kim Janey will almost certainly make the move from the offices of the City Council to the other side of City Hall’s 5th floor, where she will make history as the first Black and first woman to serve as mayor of Boston.

Last Thursday in Washington, D.C., Mayor Martin Walsh met little resistance during a confirmation hearing for his pending appointment as secretary of the Department of Labor in the Biden administration. His imminent departure sets the stage for Janey’s ascendance.

Janey, who has been attending briefings with Walsh’s staff over the last several weeks, says she is ready for the moment she will take over as the city’s chief executive officer.

“It’s humbling,” she said in a telephone interview with the Banner. “I think back to my lived experience, growing up a little girl in Boston. Being bused during court-ordered


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