New York City Mayor
Republican Ray Lhota and Democrat Christine Quinn.
Joe Lhota, a Republican who recently resigned as head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, joined five Democrats on stage in his first public appearance as a candidate for mayor of New York. Lhota, who has previously served as city budget director and as deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, faces an uphill battle in a town where Democrats outnumber Republicans six to one. He is known for his larger-than-life personality, including an often politically incorrect Twitter account, and describes himself as a “practical Republican” who supports same-sex marriage (which was legalized in New York state last year) gun control, and abortion rights.
His main Democratic challenger is Christine Quinn, the popular speaker of the City Council. Quinn, who married her partner last year after enactment of the gay marriage law, hopes to become both the first female and first openly gay mayor of New York. Her close relationship with Republican-turned-Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg is likely to be her biggest vulnerability in the Democratic primary.
The remaining major candidates include businessman John Catsimatidis, nonprofit founder George McDonald, publisher Tom Allon, and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. Jimmy McMillan, the “Rent is too damn high guy,” is also running.
The election will be held on Nov. 5.