Year in review: Boston saw profound political changes in 2021

In the year 2021, as was the case in 2020, news around the globe was dominated by a microscopic virus that has brought the world to its knees.

Yet 2021 in Boston also was a year of historic political firsts — with four women running for mayor and a new crop of Black, Latino and Asian politicians who have redrawn the political landscape in the city.

Clockwise from top left: Annissa Essaibi George, Kim Janey, Andrea Campbell and Michelle Wu COURTESY PHOTOS

Clockwise from top left: Annissa Essaibi George, Kim Janey, Andrea Campbell and Michelle Wu

Before Michelle Wu’s historic victory in the November election, District 7 City Councilor Kim Janey made history when she transitioned, as president of the City Council, into the role of acting mayor, becoming the first Black person and first woman to serve in that role in the


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