Gay, HIV-positive Democrat Corey Johnson running for New York City mayor
New York City could get an openly gay Mayor, as council speaker Corey Johnson launched a campaign to back his potential run for the office.
Johnson, the out-and-proud Speaker of New York City Council, confirmed he is considering a run to replace the city’s term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose is set to leave the office in 2021.
The potential candidate officially launched a Corey 2021 campaign well in advance of the election, which is slated for November 2021.
In a tweet on January 28, he confirmed: “It’s a big decision, but I am thinking about a potential people-powered Mayoral run.”
Johnson vowed to take no money from “real estate developers, lobbyists or corporate PACs,” and limit the maximum individual contribution to his campaign to $250.
The announcement was followed by a rush of support, Johnson says.
The candidate later tweeted: “My team just told me we’re averaging about one contribution per minute this morning since I announced I’m considering a Mayoral run.
“My campaign isn’t taking a cent from lobbyists, real estate developers or corporate PACs, so I need you.”
The election of an openly gay mayor would represent a remarkable change in the city, which once saw an infamously homophobic battle for the role.
In the 1977 election between Mario Cuomo and incumbent Mayor Ed Koch, a smear campaign was launched bearing the slogan “Vote for Cuomo, not for the homo.”
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