City Council race shows how far Boston has come
. Michael Flaherty’s failure to win back a seat on the Boston City Council changes the dynamic of Boston politics. And so does Ayanna Pressley’s surprise, top-of-the-ticket victory. Pressley isn’t the first woman to accomplish that feat. Louise Day Hicks did it three times. But the fact that Pressley, the first black woman elected to the council, could match even once what Hicks did, is truly a sign of a very different Boston and a different council. .