03 Jan After The Stunning Win By Keisha Lance Bottoms For Mayor Of Atlanta Will NYC Elect A Black Woman Mayor Next In 2021?
However with the last election, and term limits, Mayor Bill de Blasio, won't be eligible to run in the next election. Therefore, the field will be wide open in the next election for Mayor. In fact there are are a number of possibilities for a Mayor of African American descent to be elected again from a pool of experienced mayoral candidates.
Leading the field is the present newly elected Public Advocate Letitia "Tish" James. As Public Advocate Ms. James is a force to be reckoned with in city affairs.
The Public Advocate is the 2nd highest elected office in NYC government next to the Mayor. The public advocate is described on Ms. James' website in the following way "serves as a direct link between New Yorkers and their government, acts as a watchdog over City agencies, and investigates complaints about City services."
As the Public Advocate Ms. James is the 1st Black woman, or woman of color, to hold an elected citywide position. Therefore, Letitia James, has already made history and is on track to make history again if she is elected as New York City Mayor in 2021.
Moreover, the Public Advocate is a very powerful position. For instance, in the event of a vacancy or incapacity of the Mayor the Public Advocate is first in line to become mayor.
Letitia James, also is a formidable, resilient, and resourceful campaigner. In her 1st run for Public Advocate, in NYC, in 2013 she beat competitors who outspent her 6 to 1.
Letitia James (affectionately called Tish), may have to beat a competitive field of experienced contenders for Mayor. So she is not a shoe-in by any means and neither was the newly elected Mayor Elect of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms. Bottoms is 47, an attorney, and also an Atlanta City Council Member since 2010 (before she ran for Mayor).
Ms. Keisha Bottoms, on the other hand lead the field of 12 Atlanta mayoral candidates by 26%. However, since she didn't have a clear majority she had to compete in a runoff election with Mary Norwood. That's because Ms. Norwood came in 2nd in the runoff election.
Keisha and Mary were running for the seat of Mayor Kasim Reed, who endorsed Keisha Lance Bottoms. On December 5, 2017, Bottoms defeated Norwood in the runoff election by only 759 votes.
She also can relate to working poor and modest income New Yorkers having been on welfare and coming from a family of 8 siblings. She could ride the wave of emerging Black women voters who as a unified voting block helped crush the election hopes of scandal ridden Roy Moore, in Alabama's Senate race.
Also running may be Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, an African American. Also a strong potential competitor, that may run, is a constant critic of the De Blasio administration City Comptroller, Scott Stringer.