Boston mayoral candidates Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George, both Democratic city councilors, will qualify for the November general election, according to CNN, setting up of a historic competition which, for the first time in the history of the city, will end with a person of color elected to his highest office. PFor two centuries, Boston has elected only white men as mayor. This will change this fall . Wu took a clear lead once the reporting of votes in Tuesday's non-partisan preliminary elections accelerated overnight. She is Asian American and Essaibi George, who emerged to claim second place, is a first generation American whose father emigrated from Tunisia and whose mother was born in Germany to Polish parents. Despite their advances, supporters of Pro-Mayor Kim Janey and City Councilor Andrea Campbell, who saw this campaign as Boston's opportunity to elect its first-ever black mayor. Janey took over the post on a temporary basis after former Mayor Marty Walsh stepped down earlier this year to join President Joe Biden's administration, but, cike Campbell, was excluded from the general election. On Wednesday morning, Wu had a solid lead with over 33% of the vote, while George followed with around 22%. The winner in November will serve a full four-year term. The only man at the top level, John Barros, the town's economic development chief under Walsh, was considered a big outsider. He is far behind the other main candidates. Read more It 's been an honor to be a part of this historic estate, Wu told reporters early Wednesday morning. Over the past year, we've seen an amazing conversation in every neighborhood, in every community, so I'm honored to be a part of this moment in Boston and happy to make sure we keep the work going, keep the energy to go out to every voter, knock on doors and have conversations on what is possible in this city. On Tuesday evening, Essaibi George - before the call of the race but with results which are announced in his favor - showed confidence by addressing to the supporters. Bostonians deserve results, real change and real progress, she said, after praising the service sisters who have become her campaign rivals. I 'll be the teacher, mother and mayor to do it. In the home stretch of the campaign, Wu, the first woman of color to lead city council when she took over as president in 2016, established herself as the big favorite to finish first in the field. Campbell, Janey and Essaibi George were grouped together, separated by just a few percentage points, according to a recent Suffolk University and Boston Globe survey . The racefor the second place will not only be determined by the undecided voters and the respective exit efforts of the candidates, but also by Wu's soft voters who may choose to vote for their second choice instead in order to control the selection of the two finalists, wrote David Paleologos, director of the Center for Policy Research at Suffolk University, with the publication of the poll. The survey was conducted ahead of back-to-back debate evenings last week, two cases for most tamed after weeks of escalating clashes, most notably between Campbell and Janey. In the end, however, it seems that Essaibi George benefited the most, as she managed to stake out the moderate route with a platform. more police-friendly form. Others, like Wu and Campbell, are pushing for deeper structural changes in the department. Essaibi George, meanwhile, has won supportof former Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, the first black person to hold the post. Janey, who as a young child participated in the City's School Transportation Program, an initiative designed to integrate Boston schools that has encountered backlash in some predominantly white neighborhoods, took office in March after the confirmation from Walsh to Biden's cabinet as labor secretary. In April, she announced that she would run for a full term. Thinking that we would have a black mayor in my lifetime, even though we had a black president, I still felt out of reach , a Janey told CNN in April. That we have one and that it 's actually me, it ' s pretty mind-blowing. Turnout tends to be low in the preliminary elections, which increased the uncertainty of the race as she was entering her last days. Some agents believed that the new co-voting optionUrrier without state apology could lead to a slight uptick in numbers, but early indications from Tuesday night suggest the swell never materialized. While Walsh did not approve the preliminaries, the Elected foremost Democrat in the state, Senator Elizabeth Warren, backs Wu, one of her former Harvard Law School students. Wu volunteered for the Warren Senate in 2012 and was first elected to city council a year later. Michelle has always been a fighter - as a student of mine, as a Boston city councilor, and now as a mayoral candidate, Warren said in a statement announcing her support in January. She is a tireless advocate for families and communities that feel invisible and inaudible. The Sunrise movement in Boston also supports Wu, as well as other environmental premie groups and unions.r plan, including Teamsters Local 25 and the United Auto Workers, Region 9A. But the race to support labor has been largely damaged. AFSCME Council 93, along with the Fire Union and IBEW Local 2222 all supported Essaibi George, while SEIU Local 888 and 32BJ SEIU supported Janey. Campbell was the choice of the Boston Globe editorial board of , which argued its case earlier this month. She exudes a sense of the urgency, a palpable hunger to tackle Boston's toughest and most political challenges - its uneven schools and a law enforcement system that has lost the trust of too many residents, the council wrote. administration. This motivation, coupled with his nuanced reflection on what can make the city more dynamic and fair is what sets her apart from her opponents in this year's municipal elections.