Official Campaign Bios

Bill de Blasio

NYC Public Advocate

Since 2010, Bill de Blasio has served as the Public Advocate for the City of New York, the city's second-highest elected office.

Bill began his career in public service as a junior staffer for New York City’s first African-American mayor, David N. Dinkins, and later became an assistant for community affairs at City Hall. Bill then moved to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as New York and New Jersey’s highest-ranking official in the department. In 2000, Hillary Clinton asked Bill to manage her historic campaign for the U.S. Senate. Two years later, he was elected to the New York City Council, representing the diverse Brooklyn neighborhoods of Park Slope, Sunset Park, Boro Park, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Windsor Terrace, Red Hook, and Kensington.

Christine Quinn

NYC Council Speaker

A progressive leader with an unrivaled and unmatched record of results, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn delivers for New Yorkers in all five boroughs.

Her initial foray into electoral politics took place in 1991, when she managed the campaign of Tom Duane and then served as his Chief of Staff in the City Council. Chris later became the Executive Director of the NYC Anti-Violence Project where she worked closely with the New York City Police Department to reduce hate crimes. Since 1999, Chris has served as the City Council Member for the lower Westside of Manhattan. In 2006, Chris was elected Speaker, making her the highest-ranking woman and highest-ranking openly gay elected official in City history.

Bill Thompson

Former NYC Comptroller

As Comptroller of New York City from 2002 through 2009, Bill Thompson was responsible for managing the finances of the nation's largest municipality and supervised a staff of 700 professionals.

As the Democratic nominee for Mayor in 2009, Bill was outspent 14 to 1 and still came within just a few percentage points of unseating a lavishly self-financed incumbent. In addition to his eight years of service as a citywide executive, Bill has valuable private sector experience. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Managing Director at Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Co. LLC, the nation's largest minority public finance firm, where he led efforts to underwrite loans for schools, roads, bridges and infrastructure projects.

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