Pressley is a ‘breath of fresh air’

Pressley is a ‘breath of fresh air’

Boston councilor would be welcome new voice in Congress

IN JACK SULLIVAN’S January 31st Daily Download item about the 7th Congressional District race between Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Congressman Michael Capuano, he used several Super Bowl analogies, but he forgot to mention that often the underdog wins. Like so many people, Mr. Sullivan may not be aware of the enormous surge of women running for office across the United States.

For the past 14 months, an unprecedented wave of women across the country have signed up to run for office at all levels, including Congress. According to The Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers, currently 202 Democratic women are likely challenging incumbents in the US House of Representatives, up from 41 women in 2016. This is not just a moment, it is a movement. Voters are hungering for change, and see a vote for a woman candidate as a vote to shake up the system.

Councilor Pressley is a breath of fresh air to voters who are fed up with the current political landscape. Ayanna has a true gift for being in touch with the lives of her constituents. She has an extraordinary amount of empathy, and a fierceness when it comes to fighting for underserved populations.

Meet the Author

Barbara Lee

President, Barbara Lee Family Foundation
I am proud to have a long history encouraging and supporting Councilor Pressley. She made history in 2009 when she became the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council, and for five terms she’s been a bold voice for the people of Boston.

Her record is proof that women need to be ambitious enough to push against the glass ceiling. It’s the only way it will shatter. Ayanna Pressley will be a powerful and inspiring leader in Congress.

Barbara Lee is president of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation.

  • Fred Grosso

    Not one example of what her bold voice has done for the people of Boston.

  • BullShark

    Does Ayanna Pressley even have a college diploma? This is the US Senate, not the Boston City Council. Being a high school graduate and having “some college” while working in local politics is fine, but Washington? A compelling life story, who doesn’t have one? How does a student from Chicago get positions with high profile politicians without a degree? How do you get an interview? Many people would Aspire to emulate her success but do not know the particulars? Please; one real accomplishment besides ego gratification. Boston has highest wealth gap in nation, high childhood poverty and high teen homicide rate, rent burden, loss of owner occupied housing, displacement due to speculation, opioid crisis, and drug cartels in our streets most of these issues deeply impact people of color, and it has gotten worse,not better while Ms Pressley has been on Council. Her constant attack on law enforcement, it is fine backing opposition candidate in Boston Mayoral Race (she did not know sitting mayors seldom lose?) and desire to run against liberal seasoned democratic Senator, show a real lack of political ability. A Politician needs to be political and Ayanna wants to be …something else. Not a good choice for 7th Congressional District .