Campaign finance records confirm Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu is running for mayor

Christel Deskins

It’s official: Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu is running for mayor, according to a filing to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance. A “change of purpose” filing to OCPF on Monday stated Wu is seeking the mayoral seat. The filing, processed at 12:46 p.m., was first reported […]

It’s official: Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu is running for mayor, according to a filing to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

A “change of purpose” filing to OCPF on Monday stated Wu is seeking the mayoral seat. The filing, processed at 12:46 p.m., was first reported by POLITICO Massachusetts.

As of Aug. 31, the Wu Committee had more than $346,000 cash on hand, according to campaign finance records. Marty Walsh, the sitting mayor, has more than $5.5 million cash on hand.

Walsh confirmed earlier this month he received a call from Wu informing him she planned to run for mayor. His comments were first reported by the Boston Globe. Walsh has not announced plans to run for re-election at this time.

Wu’s office has not immediately responded to a request for comment regarding what the documents revealed.

Wu, a 35-year-old Democrat, was elected city councilor in 2013. Now an at-large city councilor, she is known for criticizing rising MBTA fares. Wu and Walsh had a public feud in the spring over two funds created by Walsh, the Boston Resiliency Fund to support residency during the pandemic and the Racial Equity Fund to support racial justice causes in the city.

Wu has long been considered a potential contender against Walsh, also Democrat, who was elected in 2013 to replace five-term mayor Thomas Menino. Wu was the first Asian-American woman to serve as councilor and in 2016 became the first woman of color elected city council president.

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