Ayanna Pressley set to be first black MA congresswoman

Posted September 06, 2018

With 46 percent of precincts reporting, Pressley led the 10-term incumbent 55 percent to 45 percent when The Associated Press called the race for Massachusetts' 7th District. "I knew we would find no favor with the Democratic establishment both here at home and in Washington". From Andrew Gillum in Florida to Beto O'Rourke in Texas, the results suggest a shift towards a bolder, progressive agenda in stark contrast - and a reaction to - the managerialism of Hillary Clinton's last campaign. Pressley backs Medicare-for-all, the single-payer health care proposal, which helped her garner backing from Our Revolution, the offshoot of Vermont Sen. Pressley will also be the first person of color to ever represent the state in Congress. U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, a grandson of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, also endorsed the incumbent, calling him "a guy who won't shy away from steep odds or tough truths". She was the first serious challenger to Capuano since he took office in the late 1990s.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Mike Capuano (D-MA) greets supporters after voting in the Massachusetts Primary Election in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018. She ran on a platform of abolishing ICE-that's the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency-and speaking for prisoners behind bars. "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman and I will tell you that MA will be well-served".

Pressley's win was one for the history books.

"This is not just a blue wave; this is a movement that's coming to Congress", New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said during a June appearance with Pressley, before either woman had defeated their supposedly safe Democratic opponents.

Pressley netted endorsements from The Boston Globe and the rival Boston Herald.

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There is no Republican on the November ballot in the district, meaning Pressley is virtually assured of entering Congress in January.

Pressley lives in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston with her husband, Conan Harris, and stepdaughter.

"I have been really furious about the constant charges being lobbed against me about identity politics that, by the way, are only lobbed against women and candidates of color", she said in one debate.

Pressley shares many of her positions with Ocasio-Cortez, but stops short of describing herself as a socialist.

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley greeted family, friends and supporters after beating Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District.

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