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Boston City Council Now Dominated By Women, Minorities After Election

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's city council is getting a new look: its first female majority and a more racially diverse lineup than ever before.

Voters on Tuesday elected the council's first Latina. They also voted in a slate of female candidates.

Starting in January, the 13-member council will have eight women. Seven councilors will be minorities, the council's most ever.

Asian American city councilor Michelle Wu says it's the "new face" of Boston politics.

Voters also rejected a ballot question to change the name of Dudley Square in historically black Roxbury to Nubian Square.

And a candidate has requested a recount in one of the council races.

The council was a white male bastion for decades, but Boston is now a "majority minority" city where whites comprise roughly 47% of the population.

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