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City Councilor Lydia Edwards Endorses Michelle Wu for Mayor

Released on: July 21, 2021

Boston, MA —  City Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1), representing East Boston, Charlestown and the North End, today announced her endorsement of her colleague Michelle Wu for Mayor of Boston. Wu and Edwards have partnered on numerous issues in their years serving together on the Boston City Council, from passing groundbreaking legislation to keep rents down by regulating short-term rentals, stand with community for environmental justice, and expand paid family leave

“Michelle Wu is the leader we need in Boston at this moment to connect our neighborhoods and move us forward towards a more fair, just and equitable city. I know from partnering with her on some of our deepest challenges that she works tirelessly, shows up when our neighborhoods need her and always does what’s right, even when it’s not what’s easy. I could not be more proud to endorse my friend and colleague Michelle Wu to become the next Mayor of Boston, and look forward to working hard to continue to fight for a city for all of us,” said Councilor Lydia Edwards.

“I’m honored to have the support of my friend and partner on the Council, Councilor Lydia Edwards. In the years that we’ve known each other, even before serving together on the Council, I’ve always respected her tenacity, empathy and leadership. It’s been a delight to organize alongside her for economic justice, housing stability, and workers’ rights, and I look forward to continuing our partnership to make Boston a city for everyone,” said Michelle Wu. 

Councilor Edwards was elected to the Boston City Council in 2017, having spent her entire career as an advocate, activist, and as a voice on behalf of society's most vulnerable. She previously held roles as deputy director within the City of Boston’s Office of Housing Stability; public interest attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services focusing on labor issues; and statewide campaign coordinator for the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, which advocated for the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. 

On the City Council, Edwards has served as Chair of the Committees on Housing and on Government Operations. She has championed workers’ rights, housing justice, and democratic accountability with impactful legislation focused on equity. In 2018, Wu and Edwards teamed up to author and pass groundbreaking municipal legislation to regulate short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb that were driving up rents and displacing Boston residents. 

City Councilor Lydia Edwards’ endorsement adds to the Michelle for Mayor campaign’s enthusiastic coalition of multigenerational, multicultural grassroots supporters including leaders Senator Elizabeth Warren, State Senator and Assistant Majority Leader Sal DiDomenico, former State Representative and Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing; unions Teamsters Local 25, New England Joint Board of Unite Here!, Alliance of Unions at the MBTA, MBTA Inspectors Union Local 600, OPEIU Local 453; environmental organizations Sunrise Boston, Sierra Club, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, 350 Mass Action; Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale; and fellow municipal elected officials from across Greater Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For all of Michelle for Boston’s endorsements, visit