- BetOnline and BetUS have listed new 2021 Boston Mayoral Election Odds
- Incumbent mayor Martin Walsh is expected to leave office after being nominated to the role of U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Joe Biden
- Boston city councilor Michelle Wu (-150) is favored over acting-Mayor-in-waiting Kim Janey (+225)
When Marty Walsh leaves his post to become President Biden’s Labor secretary, city council president Kim Janey will hold the fort until November, when an election will determine the next mayor of Boston.
Janey is reportedly considering running for a full term, but city council members Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell also launched campaigns in the fall and many more politicians are thinking about joining the race.
Let’s check the opening 2021 Boston Mayoral Election Odds and evaluate the contenders.
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Next Elected Boston Mayor 2021 Odds
|Annissa Essaibi George||+700||+700|
Every Boston mayor has been a white man
The city of Boston has never elected a mayor who isn’t a white man, but that might change this year with the Black Lives Matter movement becoming increasingly prominent in local politics across America.
The two major candidates who are already running are both women of color, Michelle Wu (-150) and Andrea Campbell (+700), and once Mayor Walsh is confirmed as labor secretary, council president Kim Janey (+225) will become the first woman and first Black Bostonian ever to lead the city.
John Barros, the city’s chief of economic development for the past seven years, officially launched his campaign for mayor, saying he has the experience and skill set to help Boston respond, recover, and reopen after the pandemic. https://t.co/SYCCsmSbbD
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) March 5, 2021
Many others considering making a run
Michelle Wu (-150) is a heavy betting favorite after serving on city council for seven years, including a term as president. A daughter of immigrants, Wu announced her candidacy with a video in three languages where she portrayed Boston as a city that ignores the needs of marginalized communities – which of course it is.
According to a 2015 study, the net worth of a Black family in the Greater Boston area was $8, while the net worth of a white family in the same region was $247,500. But it’s fair to question whether Wu is the candidate best positioned to highlight Boston’s stark inequality and history of racism. And there is sure to be no shortage of contenders.
Bostonians deserve a city for everyone, and @wutrain‘s progressive vision will bring us there. After a fantastic AMA a few weeks ago (and a second round of answering questions past her scheduled time), /r/NewDealAmerica couldn’t help but endorse her.https://t.co/zGgfJikgdH
— Boston Redditors for Michelle Wu (@rMichelleWu) March 10, 2021
Five candidates have already announced — state representative Joe Santiago and Boston Chief of Economic Development John Barros don’t have odds listed at this time — and more than a dozen state lawmakers, city councilors, law enforcement officials and City Hall employees — many of them Black or Latino — are also reportedly weighing campaigns.
The last time a mayoral vacancy opened up in Beantown without notice was in 1993, and that led to a memorable, wide-open contest, so don’t expect Wu to run away with this thing. The race to be Boston’s mayor is just getting started.
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