New York has a newly drawn congressional map, and former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today he will run for the new House seat.
“Today I’m declaring my candidacy for Congress in the 10th Congressional District of New York,” de Blasio said during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
The new congressional district will span from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn, including de Blasio’s neighborhood of Park Slope. The map is expected to be approved by a state judge on Friday.
“The poll shows people are hurting,” de Blasio said on Morning Joe. “They need help, they need help fast, and they need leaders who could actually get them help now and know how to do it.”
De Blasio’s run for a House seat comes after two terms as mayor and a failed presidential bid in 2020. He also considered a run for governor earlier this year but ultimately decided not to challenge sitting Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul.
He tweeted Friday morning that “the way to save democracy is be part of it.”
Earlier this week, State Sen. Brad Hoylman told THE CITY he’ll be campaigning in the new 10th District barring any more changes from the court.
More candidates are expected to join the race. Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou’s team said this week she’s been approached by community leaders to run in the new district, and that she’s “seriously considering” it.
New York’s current 10th Congressional District is represented by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler. But thanks to the new map, Nadler is running in a new district against House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the situation “chaos,” while Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said the map would “make Jim Crow blush” since it splintered several historically Black neighborhoods.