Kim Janey

Frequently citing Boston's racist reputation, Black Bostonians took turns explaining why they thought the city's voters continue to pass over qualified Black mayoral candidates.

City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu -- the top two vote-getters in Boston's mayoral primary -- advanced to faceoff in the general election in November, ensuring the city will elect its first non-white male mayor. She just won't be Black.

The Boston Police Patrolman Association's recent tweets targeting mayoral candidate Andrea Campbell point to a lengthy history of attacks aimed at Black women city officials.

In the short time since she took office, acting Mayor Kim Janey has launched a hotline for vaccine appointments. She also announced a Vaccine Equity Grant program and a rental relief effort.

Janey became the first woman and first Black person to lead the nearly 400-year-old city on Monday.