De Blasio will run for Congress in a newly drawn district


Bill de Blasio, the former mayor of New York, announced Friday that he will run for Congress in a newly created district stretching from Lower Manhattan to his home in Brooklyn, jumping into a crowded Democratic primary field.

Mr. de Blasio, who left office with low approval ratings in December after two terms, had publicly pondered a campaign this week after a state court released a list of proposed new congressional districts that would open a safe blue seat in the heart of New York City.

He announced his comeback attempt early Friday morning on his favorite television program, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” hours before the card was finalized and potentially changed.

“Polls show people are hurting, they need help, they need help fast and they need leaders who can actually help them now and know how to do it,” said de Blasio, 61. years. “I know how to do it after years of serving the people of this city, so today I declare my candidacy for Congress.

After eight years as mayor and a disastrous run for president in 2020, Mr de Blasio will enter the race better known than almost any potential opponent, with a record of incremental achievements and a trail of political disappointments.

But several other Democrats have already shown interest in running for the seat and could compete with him ahead of an Aug. 23 primary.

They include State Senator Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan progressive; State Senator Simcha Felder, whose district includes the Orthodox Jewish community of Brooklyn’s Borough Park; and Assembly Members Yuh-Line Niou, Robert Carroll and Jo Anne Simon.

Ms. Niou, a former left-leaning political aide who represents Chinatown and parts of Lower Manhattan in the Assembly, was due to make a “major announcement” on Saturday.


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