Christine Quinn, who is already considered a front runner for New York City's next mayoral race, is hoping to make history. As first reported by the Associated press on Sunday, Quinn has officially launched her mayoral bid. She made the announcement through her Twitter feed.
The City Council Speaker would make history of two accounts if she were to become mayor of the America's largest city. She would be the first woman and the first openly gay mayor of a city filled with so much diversity. Quinn says her main purpose is aimed towards the middle and working-class New Yorkers who deserve the same opportunities of past generations.
"I'm running for mayor because I love this city. It's the greatest place in the world."
She also told reporters who surrounded her, "I'm running today and I'll stack my record against anybody else's in this field...I balance budgets on time, and I had the wisdom in the first three years I was speaker, when there were surpluses, to not spend that money."
She is a proven political figure who is for the people and she wants to make sure this bid for mayor establishes her as more than just a leading candidate, but a leader more than capable of leading the city she has grown up in and love.
Quinn will be entering the race with support from Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as business leaders. Her close relationship with Mayor Bloomberg, however, might be a used against her by opponents as Bloomberg has been known to turn a cold shoulder regarding concerns of the middle-class and working-call population of New York.
Christine Quinn, a former tenant organizer and director of a gay and lesbian advocacy group, has also been active in legalizing gay marriage in the state of New York. She says the passing of the measure in 2011 was "one of the best feelings" she has "ever had in her life."
With a victor of course Quinn will prove, if you can make it in New York city, you can make it anywhere.