Essaibi George thanks supporters: ‘I promise I am not done’

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City Councillor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George (center) with her mother, Barbara (left), and former mayor Marty Walsh's mother, Mary, outside the Catherine Clark Apartments in Dorchester on Election Day. (Photo via Essaibi George campaign)

Annissa Essaibi George on Friday took to Facebook and email to thank supporters of her mayoral campaign as she winds down her time on the City Council.

“We all worked so hard in this race, and while I do wish the outcome was different, I will support Mayor Michelle Wu in her efforts to lead this City,” Essaibi George wrote. “We have work left to do—no doubt—it will take all of us to move this City forward.”

A swearing-in ceremony for Mayor-elect Wu is set for inside the City Council chamber Tuesday, Nov. 16, at noon.

Referring to her Nov. 2 concession speech, Essaibi George said her supporters can still “paint the city pink” through “acts of kindness, shopping local, and supporting each other.” She added: “Boston needs me and you to stay engaged—whether that be in your community or in City government.”

Essaibi George, a city councillor at-large since 2015 and a Dorchester native, said she was grateful for the calls, texts and flowers. “I love you for all of it … getting back into the swing of life has been difficult with a series of starts and stops,” she wrote.

But she said she plans to be back “out and about” in the city’s neighborhoods. “No beach for me! I've dried my tears (a healthy dose), spent time with the kids (football, homework, laundry) and took some time to sleep (I was tired!),” she wrote.

Both Essaibi George and Wu gave up their City Council at-large seats to run for mayor this year. Essaibi George wrote that she plans to “wrap up” her work on the City Council and celebrate her birthday, asking supporters to mark their calendars for Dec. 11, with a toy and coat drive planned at the Polish Club.

“After all that, we’ll see what comes next. I promise I am not done, and when I’m ready for what is next, I will tell you first,” she wrote.

The full message is available below.

Friend,

As you can imagine it has been a long almost two weeks and I am so grateful for the messages, the texts, the calls, and the flowers. I love you for all of it...getting back into the swing of life has been difficult with a series of starts and stops. I feel the love, the support, and the true friendship you have expressed. I am eternally thankful for you.

I am also so proud of the work we did to share my message for Boston in hopes to do the work leading this City. Over the course of this campaign you heard me talk about my Dad, and his dreams for his children. He would be so humbled by what YOU all did to support me in this run. This was something he imagined impossible—and you all made this possible. Thank you for being by my side in all of it.

You all stepped up: my family (Essaibi and George), my friends, and so many supporters...the number of just everyday, regular people who jumped in with me, had my back, and fought hard. I am eternally grateful for the new friendships formed and strengthened along the way. I love you.

I would like to say a special thank you to my mom friends. You took time away from your families, your work, your community, and your lives to help me. And some of you even helped get my kids places. That’s how we “govern like a mother” in this City! I love you.

We all worked so hard in this race, and while I do wish the outcome was different, I will support Mayor Michelle Wu in her efforts to lead this City. We have work left to do—no doubt—it will take all of us to move this City forward. As I said last week, we can still paint the City pink by carrying out acts of kindness, shopping local, and supporting each other. Boston needs me and you to stay engaged—whether that be in your community or in City government.

I am a believer in what I'm calling "active recovery" and want to be back out and about in our neighborhoods. No beach for me! I've dried my tears (a healthy dose), spent time with the kids (football, homework, laundry), and took some time to sleep (I was tired!). In the upcoming weeks I have my City Council work to wrap up, a transition to plan for my team, and a birthday celebration—save the date: 12-11-21 at the Polish Club for a toy and coat drive!

After all that, we’ll see what comes next. I promise I am not done, and when I’m ready for what is next, I will tell you first.

With all my love,

Annissa

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