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Women, minorities dominate Boston’s once-white city council

November 6, 2019 GMT
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu greets her supporters at a post election event on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 in Boston. Boston's city council is getting a new look: its first female majority and a more racially diverse lineup than ever before. The council was a white male bastion for decades, but it's been increasingly reflecting the city's diverse racial and ethnic makeup. Wu is calling it "the new face of what it means to serve in Boston politics." (Stuart Cahill/The Boston Herald via AP)
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu greets her supporters at a post election event on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 in Boston. Boston's city council is getting a new look: its first female majority and a more racially diverse lineup than ever before. The council was a white male bastion for decades, but it's been increasingly reflecting the city's diverse racial and ethnic makeup. Wu is calling it "the new face of what it means to serve in Boston politics." (Stuart Cahill/The Boston Herald via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s city council is getting a new look: its first female majority and a more racially diverse lineup than ever before.

Voters on Tuesday elected the council’s first Latina. They also voted in a slate of female candidates.

Starting in January, the 13-member council will have eight women. Seven councilors will be minorities, the council’s most ever.

Asian American city councilor Michelle Wu says it’s the “new face” of Boston politics.

Voters also rejected a ballot question to change the name of Dudley Square in historically black Roxbury to Nubian Square.

And a candidate has requested a recount in one of the council races.

The council was a white male bastion for decades, but Boston is now a “majority minority” city where whites comprise roughly 47% of the population.