Ayanna Pressley
**FILE** Ayanna Pressley, Boston city councilwoman and House Democratic candidate, gives a victory speech at her primary night gathering in Boston on Sept. 4 after her opponent Mike Capuano, a 10-term incumbent in Massachusetts' 7th District, conceded the race. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Ayanna Pressley, who broke barriers in 2009 when she became the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council, beat 10-time incumbent Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District.

If she wins in November, Pressley, 44, will become the only Black member of the state’s mostly male congressional delegation.

“I’ve been told to wait my turn,” Pressley said at a campaign event earlier this year. “I’ve been called a traitor for challenging an incumbent, told simply this isn’t the way things are done here.”

She is the second woman of color this election cycle to oust a venerable Democrat, following Puerto Rican socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ stunning victory in June over incumbent Rep. and Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District.

Did you like this story?
Would you like to receive articles like this in your inbox? Free!

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *