NEW YORK—Adolfo Carrion Jr., former Bronx Borough President who also held a position in the White House, is running for New York mayor as an independent.
Carrion is being endorsed by The Independence Party of New York City, after quitting the Democratic party last year.
Carrion was the borough president of Bronx from 2002 to 2009, and on the City Council for three years before that. After serving as borough president he was the first director of the Office of Urban Affairs at the White House.
The Independence Party unanimously endorsed Carrion on Wednesday evening, with 66 people voting, according to WNYC.
“I’m interested in waking up that sleeping giant. We know who they are, and we know they care about the future of the city,” Carrion said, according to WNYC.
“I think that New Yorkers are ready for an independent mayor,” said Carrion after winning the endorsement, reported NY Daily News.
With the endorsement, Carrion is the first candidate guaranteed a spot in the November election to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who won the last two elections on the independent line after switching from a Republican.
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