Michelle Wu is a two-time Olympic silver medallist in gymnastics. Now she is set to become the next mayor of Boston. Wu is running to be the first Asian-American mayor of the US city.
The boxer lives on the streets in Cambridge, Massachusets, near the University of Massachusetts Boston.
“It’s amazing. I haven’t been able to sleep at night for the last two months,” she said.
“This is a job I have wanted since I started gymnastics.”
It will not be an easy election for Wu to win. Mayor Martin Walsh is facing reelection next month and he is widely expected to win.
Basketball-mad Boston doesn’t have a Native American mayor.
Wu is the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants and the oldest of seven children.
She said she is more than qualified to be mayor.
“I live in a district that’s 25% black and 15% Hispanic. I was born here, I’m raised here. I love this city.”
Wu’s slogan is “A Better Boston – A Different Kind of Boston”.
There is a reason why Wu wants to be mayor – she wants to make Boston a city that works for everyone.
“I’m running because I believe there’s a need for a job creator, someone who’s bringing people together to solve problems,” she said.
“Everyone deserves a good job. No one deserves to live in poverty and I have that level of compassion for people that needs that.”