There are a crowded group of candidates looking to be the next mayor of New York City. Now, former Citigroup exec Ray McGuire has entered the race and he kicked it off with a campaign ad narrated by Spike Lee.
In the ad, Lee says, “The world has changed, my fearless New Yorkers. Twenty-four-thousand of our neighbors have died from Covid. A million of our sisters and brothers were thrown out of work.”
He also added, “We have an opportunity to rebuild and that starts with who's leading our city.”
McGuire, 63, is seen running through an empty Times Square as the Oscar winner continues, "If we want to stop more and more jobs and small businesses from vanishing, we need a man who can think big.”
McGuire says in the video, “Some folks say New York City is done, but, to paraphrase the great Muhammad Ali, if you ever dream about beating New York City, you better wake up and apologize.”
The music in the ad is by jazz icon Wynton Marsalis.
McGuire, who is originally from Dayton, Ohio, is a Harvard grad and was the vice chairman of Citigroup for 15 years. Other candidates include Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former de Blasio legal counsel Maya Wiley and former de Blasio Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.
The 2021 New York City mayoral election will have a primary on June 22, 2021 and a general election on November 2, 2021. Incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio cannot run again due to term limits.
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