Ayanna Pressley to Serve as First Black U.S. Congresswoman from Massachusetts

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In a primary upset, Ayanna Pressley defeated Michael Capuano to secure the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress for the state of Massachusetts. She is now set to become the first African-American woman elected to Congress in Massachusetts as she will not be facing a Republican opponent.

Pressley currently serves as a Boston city councilor. She was the first woman of color to be elected to the council.

Capuano previously served 10 terms with Congress, but his concession included hope for the future.

“I will tell you, I’m sorry it didn’t work out but this is life and this is OK. America is going to be OK,” said Capuano, “Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman and Massachusetts will be well served.”

Pressley also holds hope for the future and has not been shy about her plans to combat President Trump.

“Our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly bankrupt man,” said Pressley, “It is time to show Washington, D.C., both my fellow Democrats, who I hope will stand with us and the Republicans who may stand in our way… change is coming and the future belongs to us.”

Chantè Russell

Chanté Russell is a Howard University print journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her entire life has been shaped by her passion for writing, fashion and activism. Those passions have led her to create a blog entitled Be The Zeitgeist and serve as a staff writer for Howard’s student newspaper, The Hilltop. She has also written for Lady With Attitude and worked as a freelance journalist. Some of her biggest role models include Anna Wintour, Maya Angelou and her cousin, Dr. Jennifer Edwards, who inspired Chanté to attend Howard. After completing college, Chanté hopes to work as a fashion journalist and use her platform to combat cultural insensitivity within the fashion industry and improve the public perception of the industry.

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