New York City: Openly Gay City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Begins Ground Game For 2021 Mayoral Race

The New York Times reports:

Two leading candidates in the 2021 race for mayor of New York City are already beginning their ground game. Corey Johnson, the speaker of the New York City Council, and Scott M. Stringer, the city’s comptroller, will soon begin hosting fund-raising house parties, seeking to plant a stake in what is certain to be a prolonged race for City Hall.

Neither Mr. Johnson nor Mr. Stringer have formally declared their candidacies, but the small, intimate gatherings were designed with the city’s new campaign finance rules — which increase the power of small donations — in mind.

The expected large field to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio, who must step down because of term limits, will likely include the winner of next month’s special election for New York City public advocate. With the primary election more than two years away, others will also have plenty of time to jump in.

Johnson has vowed to limit campaign donations to $250 and has said that he will accept no money from corporate PACs, lobbyists, or real estate developers.

He was first elected to the City Council in 2013 after eight years on Manhattan Community Board 4 and became Speaker at the start of 2019.

Among the candidates for Public Advocate are openly gay New York Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell and former NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Former Public Advocate Letitia James was elected New York Attorney General in November and Johnson is also Acting Public Advocate for now.

NYC’s Public Advocate is second in line to the mayor and that election is February 26th.

DISCLOSURE: Corey Johnson and Danny O’Donnell are longtime friends of mine.

UPDATE: Just tweeted by Johnson.