Massachusetts Primary 2018. Ayanna  Pressley learns she has won. Watch the video.

Ayanna Pressley, a 44-year-old Boston city councilor and former John Kerry staffer, defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in Tuesday's Democratic primary election in Massachusetts's 7th Congressional District.

This is the congressional seat once held by Speaker Tip O'Neill and John F. Kennedy.

Facing no opposition in the fall, Pressley is expected be the first African-American woman elected from Massachusetts. Only 2 of the state's 9 House members are women, and one is retiring. It was not until 2012 that Massachusetts elected its first woman — Elizabeth Warren — to the Senate. It has never elected a female governor.

Her reaction to this upset will warm your heart.

Her campaign slogan was "change can't wait."

Here is her stepdaughter's reaction to her victory.

To quote today's New York Times, “she argued that her life experience — her father struggled with drug addiction and was incarcerated for most of her youth, and she is a survivor of sexual assault — better prepared her to help people who have lived through trauma and other struggles. Perhaps the defining line of her stump speech was this: "The people closest to the pain should be closest to the power."

Democratic candidate Jay Gonzalez, a cabinet official for former Gov. Deval Patrick, won his primary for Governor, taking 65% of the votes. He faces the incumbent governor Charlie Baker, a Republican.
November 6. #Midterms2018


September 5, 2018

Post Script. Hillary speechwriter @DanSchwerin wrote this tweet yesterday: Remembering way back in early 2015 when @HillaryClinton said @AyannaPressley and @staceyabrams were the future of our party: "true rising stars, the kind of creative, passionate leaders we need." She was right!

Show Comments ()


Follow Us On


On Social