After a long and arduous campaign for the Democratic nomination, Borough President Eric Adams officially launched his general election campaign for mayor.
Standing in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall and flanked by allies, Adams spoke optimistically about the city’s expansive and diverse Democratic party.
“I am honored and humbled to receive the support of so many leaders from every corner of the city,” Adams said at the campaign kickoff event last week. “This is an incredible show of unity. We may not all agree on everything, but there is one thing all of us can support: this city must be led by a Democrat who will put working people and struggling New Yorkers first.”
A slew of Democratic elected officials announced their endorsement of the mayoral hopeful, including both of New York’s Senators, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand.
“I am proud to endorse my fellow Brooklynite to be the next mayor of the Big Apple,” Schumer said. “Borough President Adams brings decades of substantial professional bona fides and a unique lived experience to the job.”
Adams’ bid in the general election comes on the heels of a hotly contested Democratic primary. Running in a crowded field, Adams won with 50.4 percent of vote in the first citywide test of ranked choice voting, which allowed voters to cast their ballot for multiple candidates.
Despite the hectic weeks following the primary, a number of Adams’ former rivals have now come out in support of the Democratic nominee.
“This is a critical time for New York City and we need to prioritize recovery from the pandemic for all New Yorkers, address longstanding inequalities and build a New York City that is stronger than ever for our future,” Kathryn Garcia said. “Eric Adams has dedicated his career to serving New Yorkers and democratic leadership at City Hall is pivotal in this moment to move our city forward.”
Adams will face off against the Republican nominee and founder of the Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa. Adams is considered to be a favorite in the race by a large margin. Registered democrats outnumber Republicans in New York City 7 to 1, giving the Democratic nominee a huge advantage.