Corey Johnson scores first mayoral endorsement years ahead of 2021 race

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- With Mayor Bill de Blasio busy on a presidential campaign, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is raising his profile for future political aspirations.


Queens Councilman Danny Dromm became the first city lawmaker to endorse Johnson for mayor, on Friday. Both Johnson and Dromm are gay. If elected, Johnson would be the first openly gay mayor in New York City history.

Dromm will host a political fundraiser for Johnson in Jackson Heights on May 30, kickstarting the mayoral race.

De Blasio will be term-limited out of office at the end of 2021, should he not win the White House in 2020.

City & State reports, Dromm's endorsement comes more than two years before the next expected mayoral primary, despite the fact that Johnson has yet to declare.

Johnson has formed an exploratory committee for the race, but he's not the only one ramping up a possible campaign.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Bronx Borough President Reuben Diaz Jr, and Comptroller Scott Stringer have formed the early field, but more will likely jump into the race.

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