Campaign season never ends.
An article from The Staten Island Advance is already speculating which democratic primary challengers may rise to the occasion and run for Mayor in 2021, thus proving it’s never too early to think ahead.
Among those suggested: Melinda Katz, Eric Adams, and a few more…
[From SIlive.com] STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Democrat Bill de Blasio has been mayor for just over two months.
But that hasn’t stopped speculation about who could run for City Hall in 2021, when de Blasio would be term-limited out of office.
Further proof that campaign season never really ends and that it’s never too early to start prognosticating about any future election.
The 2021 caravan made a bit of a stop on Staten Island last week, when some of the potential mayoral candidates marched in the borough’s St. Patrick’s Parade, and made the requisite stop at the pre-parade festivities at Jody’s Club Forest in West Brighton.
The three maybe contenders in attendance were Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., all Democrats.
Other Democrats are also being mentioned, including Borough Presidents Eric Adams of Brooklyn and Melinda Katz of Queens.
GOP Borough President James Oddo said that he can see any one of them being among those chasing City Hall in eight years. Friendly rivalries have already popped up among them, including between Diaz and Adams.
Diaz got this greeting from Oddo outside of Jody’s: “Get used to coming out here.”
Oddo told us that Diaz “has all the ingredients” to be a top-flight candidate, including his Hispanic background and the “Bronx renaissance” story that he can put before voters.
And being from an outer borough won’t hurt, Oddo said.
“I’m impressed,” Oddo said. “He will have a distinguished resume. He has all the makings of a strong mayoral candidate.”
Right back at you, said Diaz.
“Borough President Oddo is a great guy and an outstanding advocate for Staten Island, and we’re very excited to have him as a colleague and a partner,” said Diaz communications director John DeSio, a former Advance scribe. “We’re going to do some great things together with Borough President Oddo and his office.”
Ordinarily, the City Council Speaker would be included among the contenders, but Democrat Melissa Mark-Viverito is term-limited out of office in four years, putting her in an unusual spot.
“She would have to land someplace else in order to stay viable,” said Oddo, a former councilman. “She’s a talented lady.”
But, as Oddo points out, it’s not like the Speaker’s chair has been a great launching pad to the mayoralty.
The three most recent Speakers who tried, Christine Quinn, Gifford Miller and Peter Vallone, not only didn’t become mayor, none of them even won the Democratic nomination.
“It’s nearly impossible to win from that spot,” said Oddo. “You make enemies with every decision you make.”
For full article: http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/potential_2021_democratic_mayo.html