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Former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio officially announces he is running for Congress

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that he is running for Congress in a new district which is proposed to include lower Manhattan and portions of Brooklyn.

“Today I’m declaring my candidacy for Congress in the 10th Congressional District of New York,” de Blasio said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I’m very proud of having led this city out of the worst of the COVID crisis,” de Blasio said. “I’m ready right now to serve and address the issues that are so deep in communities in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and I just wanted… to tell you this is the next step and I want to serve the people of the community that is my home and that I love.”

“The poll shows people are hurting,” de Blasio told “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough. “They need help, they need help fast, and they need leaders who could actually get them help now and know how to do it.”

The former mayor served for two terms from 2014 to 2021, and acknowledged his unpopularity in an op-ed he wrote in the Atlantic earlier this month.

New York’s congressional maps are being redrawn under supervision of a judge after a state appeals court tossed Democrats’ plan, saying last month they were drawn with “impermissible partisan purpose.”

The court unveiled new proposed maps this week that would combine the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side into the 12th District, which could cause Reps. Nadler and Carolyn Maloney to face off in a primary against each other.

New York’s congressional and state Senate primaries will be held on August 23, after a judge ordered them to be pushed back from June 28.

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CNN

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