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Comptroller John Liu Will Officially Join Mayoral Race On Sunday


Looks like we have another candidate to keep in mind come November.

The New York Observer‘s Colin Campbell reports that multiple sources have told the publication that Comptroller John Liu will announce his bid for City Hall this Sunday. Like with Christine Quinn’s official video released a few days ago, the Democratic candidate’s announcement is no surprise for most spectators, as Mr. Liu has been making appearances at debates and talks for the coveted position.

And, akin to Ms. Quinn, this will be his first time running for Mayor. Also, the two will both have ground-breaking campaigns: Ms. Quinn’s as the first woman and openly gay individual and Mr. Liu’s as the first Asian-American. So many similarities.

Although he won his Comptroller position with 76% of the vote, Mr. Liu will have to fight down critics left over from a federal corruption trial involving straw donorsfrom his campaign. And the fact that, because of this scandal, he has told the Associated Press that he could understand why this would disqualify him as a mayoral candidate.

But, for the blue team, Mr. Liu will be joining a cast of frontrunner heavyweights. Ms. Quinn’s already in, former Bloomberg challenger Bill Thompson has made it clear he’ll be running and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has already started seriously campaigning around New York.

On the other side, we’ve got ex-MTA-head Joe Lhota, billionaire grocer John Catsimatidis and homeless defender Greg McDonald.

Oh, and we cannot forget Adolfo Carrion – the third-party candidate who’s fighting to get on the Republican ballot.

There is the list of your future Mayor choices, New York. You have eight months to make a decision. Best of luck.


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