February 26, 2024

Politics

4 new Boston Metropolis Councilors have been sworn in on New Yr’s Day.

Ruthzee Louijeune

The brand new yr has ushered in a brand new Boston Metropolis Council president and 4 new council members after a disappointing election season for 2 former members.

At-Massive Council Member Ruthzee Louijeune was sworn in as council president after a vote at Monday’s assembly. She replaces Councilor Ed Flynn, who represents District 2 and served as council president final yr.

District 1 Councilor Gabriela Coletta nominated Louijeune, whereas Flynn nominated At-Massive Councilor Julia Mejia, who declined the nomination.

Louijeune accepted the function to a spherical of applause. She hugged every of her colleagues, introduced flowers to Flynn, and acknowledged two different Black ladies who held the place earlier than her: Lawyer Basic Andrea Campbell and former Appearing Mayor Kim Janey.

“I’m simply overcome with emotion, with gratitude. I simply wish to thank every one in all my colleagues,” Louijeune stated. “That hug was actual. We now have actual work to do, and I’m so excited to do it alongside every one in all you.”

Henry Santana is the town’s solely new At-Massive councilor, with Louijeune and Councilors Erin Murphy and Julia Mejia holding onto their seats in final yr’s municipal election.

Three district councilors have been changed, together with Ricardo Arroyo and Kendra Lara, who didn’t make it via to the overall election. They have been the primary incumbents councilors in Boston to lose in a preliminary election in at the very least 4 many years.

Arroyo’s District 5 seat went to Enrique Pepén, the previous Govt Director on the Boston Workplace of Neighborhood Providers who was endorsed by Mayor Michelle Wu.

Ben Weber, a Jamaica Plain resident and lawyer, is a brand new face for District 6, changing Lara. John FitzGerald changed Frank Baker, who didn’t run for reelection, to symbolize District 3. 

Louijeune, the primary Haitian-American to steer the council, was joined by members of her neighborhood on Monday, which can also be Haitian Independence Day.

“That is crucial day in our tradition, and also you all are right here,” Louijeune stated. “I pulled you away out of your soup joumou.”