Michelle Wu a finalist for award from abortion rights group EMILY’s List

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Michelle Wu just completed a term as Boston City Council president.

By Globe Staff 

Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu is among six finalists to be honored as a “rising star” by EMILY’s List, an influential and well-funded national group that supports female Democratic candidates who back abortion rights.

Wu, who just completed a term as city council president, is the sole finalist from the Northeast. She was first Asian-American woman to serve on the Boston City Council and the first woman of color to become council president.


“Michelle has been a champion for progressive action on the Boston city council and during her tenure as president of the council,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List.

Along with Wu, the other finalists are Cook County (Ill.) State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Washington state Representative Kristine Reeves, Tucson (Ariz.) city councilor Regina Romero, Missouri state Representative Cora Faith Walker, and Colorado state Representative Faith Winter.

To determine the honorees, a team of regional advisers submit names to the national organization, which sorts through the candidates to pick the finalists, an EMILY”s List official said.

The winner will speak at a Washington gala in April. This is the fifth year the group has honored a rising star, but if the award sounds familiar, it might be for another reason.

In 2015, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley had the honor. Pressley is now running for Congress, mounting a primary challenge to Democratic Representative Michael E. Capuano in the Seventh District.

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