"She will serve the district well in Congress".
In challenging U.S. Representative Michael Capuano, who had not faced a primary challenge since he was first elected in 1998, Pressley argued that she was more attuned to the needs of residents of the state's only congressional district where a majority of residents are not white.
"I knew I would be demonized as entitled and what no woman would can ever be, ambitious.space" But change can win", she said to loud cheers. "I am so humbled to be standing before you tonight, victorious".
She received a number of high-profile endorsements, including from the Boston Globe and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the democratic socialist who enjoyed a similar victory over Rep.
"Obviously this is not the side we wanted to be on", the 66-year-old congressman said in a brief speech to supporters, adding that, "clearly the district wanted a lot of change", referring to two longtime state representatives in Boston who were also defeated by progressive challengers. "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman and MA will be well served".
Pressley has bristled at the notion that race was a defining issue in her campaign. However, the 7th District race wasn't drawn along ideological fault lines. But she made her background a major part of the race, highlighting the importance of boosting diversity in the Democratic Party, talking about her own experience with sexual assault, and regularly calling for more "bold, activist leadership".
Pressley hasn't accepted donations from corporate political action committees in her campaign.
"The decision to challenge him was not an easy one", she said.
Her campaign refrain: "the people closest to the pain should be closest to the power". Pressley called for an "equity agenda" centering around public health, reducing violence, transportation, housing, and advocacy for women.
Monteiro says as a woman raised by a single mother coming from a "tough neighborhood", she can relate to Pressley "in so many ways".
Republicans didn't run a candidate in the heavily Republican Boston-based district, and Pressley is all but guaranteed to join the next Congress.
A survivor of sexual assault at Boston University and during her childhood, Pressley has been a vocal supporter of victims of sexual violence since long before the #MeToo movement.