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.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.
Barbara Lee is president of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation.