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Primary win positions city councilor Edwards to join state Senate

Boston City Councillor Lydia Edwards speaks at Piers Park in East Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston City Councillor Lydia Edwards speaks at Piers Park in East Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Supporters of Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards showered congratulations upon the East Boston Democrat after her win Tuesday in a special election primary against Revere School Committee member Anthony D'Ambrosio.

Edwards faces no opponent in the Jan. 11 special election and is poised next month to fill the seat former Sen. Joe Boncore of Winthrop gave up when he joined the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.

In the Senate, she has pledged to "continue fighting for workers, renters, unions, immigrants, teachers, to make our commonwealth more affordable, more inclusive, and more democratic."

In March, Get Konnected! awarded its Boston's Most Impactful Black Women designation to Edwards, and one Massachusetts House member said she looked forward to more representation from women of color.

Also on Twitter, Sen. Edward Markey called Edwards "a fighter and visionary."

The Edwards campaign describes her as "raised all over the world by her military mom." Before serving on the city council, Edwards worked as a public interest attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services focusing on access to unemployment insurance, back wages, fair treatment for domestic workers, and combating human trafficking. She also coordinated a statewide campaign to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

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