Former NYC mayor Bill de Blasio says he’s running for Congress

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Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ran for Congress in an announcement Friday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”.

De Blasio, a 61-year-old Democrat who served as mayor of New York from 2014 to 2021, will run for New York. newly drawn 10th Congressional District.

“Joe, the polls show that people are hurting. They need help,” de Blasio told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. “They need help quickly. And they need leaders who can really help them now and know how to do it. I know how to do that because I’ve served the people of this city for years. And so today, I’m in New York’s 10th Congressional District. Congress nomination.”

De Blasio led the new district as mayor for eight years. The former 10th Congressional District seat is now held by Congressman Jerry Nadler, who is now running in the newly elected 12th Congressional District against incumbent Vice President Carolyn Maloney, who is also a Democrat. New York losing its congress seat According to 2020 census data; The state has dropped just 89 residents to dominate all of its 27 counties.

De Blasio was New York City’s public attorney before becoming mayor. He was born in New York and grew up mostly in Massachusetts. He and his wife, Chirlane McCray, have two children.

— Aaron Navarro contributed to this report