Out New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is considering a run for mayor of NYC.
Johnson, who’s served as Council Speaker since January 2018 and made a name for himself as vocal advocate for LGBTQ New Yorkers, announced on Twitter this Monday that he’s considering a “people-powered Mayoral run.”
It’s “a big decision,” the 36-year-old Democrat noted, outlining how he’d plan to keep corporate PACs, lobbyists, and individual donations of more than $250 out his campaign:
It's a big decision, but I am thinking about a potential people-powered Mayoral run.
✅ Zero $ from real estate developers
✅ Zero $ from lobbyists
✅ Zero $ from corporate PACs
✅ And I won’t take more than $250 total from anyone
Join me https://t.co/kxTwtmnXRT
— Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) January 28, 2019
He also linked to a “Corey for NYC” website, tweeting out later the same day that he’d already received contributions from “hundreds of New Yorkers.”
Wow. My team just told me that hundreds of New Yorkers have already contributed since this morning. Thank you so much—I’m humbled.
Will you join them? https://t.co/LtaqApMdZw
— Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) January 29, 2019
Johnson hasn’t confirmed his run for mayor. He has a bit of time to make up his mind, too, since NYC’s next mayoral election is scheduled for 2021. If elected, Johnson would replace the city’s current mayor, fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio, who is forced to step down this election cycle due to NYC’s term limits, reports The New York Times.
He’d also break ground for LGBTQ representation in NYC politics in many ways, since he’s never been shy about his sexual orientation or HIV-positive status.
His coming out nearly 20 years ago even landed him a feature on the front page of The Times, and as an elected official, he’s fought time and time again for the rights of the Big Apple’s queer and poz community.