Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is attempting to find another job in politics and has formed an exploratory committee to run for Congress in the newly drawn 10th Congressional District.
“Our neighborhoods need help as we recover from Covid. Our nation needs help as democracy is threatened and working people struggle,” Mr. de Blasio said on Twitter. “I am ready to serve to continue the fight against inequality. Today I am forming an Exploratory Committee for the new #NY10.”
The new district is part of a region that Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, holds but announced he would vacate after most of his district was redrawn by a court-appointed special master. The newly proposed map placed him in the same Manhattan district as fellow longtime Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
The preliminary map was released by special master Jonathan Cervas on Monday, and a finalized map is expected on Friday.
Mr. de Blasio served two terms as mayor of the city between 2014 and 2021 and held the office of New York City Public Advocate before that. In 2019, he launched a failed bid to capture the Democratic presidential nomination, dropping out of the race before Iowa held the first contest in February 2020.
Mr. de Blasio left office with low poll numbers, and city residents largely blamed him for the sky-rocketing crime rate. That did not stop him from exploring a potential run for governor, which he later scrapped.
He had been eyeing various congressional races when the new map presented him with an open-seat race in a heavily Democratic district.