Louijeune claims dibs on council presidency

At-large City Councillor Ruthzee Louijeune says she has enough support among her colleagues on next year’s council to take over as the body’s president. Seven votes are required to win a majority on the thirteen-member body. Louijeune topped the ticket in Boston’s election last week, winning 44,479 votes in her second time on the citywide ballot.

“I am humbled that my colleagues believe in me to lead the Boston City Council in the next term,” Louijeune said in a statement on Nov. 9. “We have a lot of work to do when it comes to meeting the basic needs of residents and it’s clear that is what our communities want us to focus on. I look forward to strengthening relationships with my colleagues and building relationships with my colleagues joining in January.”  

Two current council colleagues — Gigi Coletta and Brian Worrell— were named and quoted in her announcement. It is expected that other support will be derived from at least two new councillors who will be seated in January.

The daughter of Haitian-immigrant parents who grew up in Mattapan, Louijeune will be the second Black woman to lead the body. Andrea Campbell, who represented District 4, was the first.