New York City Democrats will have to make a choice in the June 2021 primary for mayor – but some prominent New Yorkers and organizations have already made their pick, issuing public endorsements of candidates in the race.
Endorsements signal to voters a candidate’s ideological positioning and demonstrate the breadth, depth and nature of their support. A particularly popular endorser can help to enthuse and mobilize voters.
We scoured press releases, social media and candidates’ websites to compile a list of the most current endorsements, as of Feb. 18, 2021.
Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president
Labor: New York State Court Officers Association, New York State Public Employees Federation
Organizations: Our Time Press, Village Reform Democratic Club
Public figures: State Sens. Andrew Gounardes and Roxanne Persaud; Assembly Members Erik Dilan and Jaime Williams; New York City Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Laurie Cumbo, Darma Diaz, Peter Koo, Farah Louis, Alan Maisel, I. Daneek Miller and Ydanis Rodriguez; former Rep. Ed Towns; former Assembly Members Karim Camara and Aurelia Greene
Shaun Donovan, former budget director for President Barack Obama
Public figures: Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood
, U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, former Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, actor Edward Norton.
Kathryn Garcia, former New York City sanitation commissioner
Labor: Teamsters Local 831, Teamsters Local 813, SEIU Local 246, SEIU Local 444 – Sanitation Officers Association, and the Uniformed Sanitation Chiefs Association
Ray McGuire, former vice chair of Citigroup
Public Figures: Former Rep. Steve Israel, activist Gwen Carr; former New York Knicks stars Patrick Ewing
and Charles Oakley, director Spike Lee, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Steve Martin; rapper LL Cool J
Carlos Menchaca, New York City Council member
Dianne Morales, former executive director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods
Organizations: Downtown Independent Democrats
Public Figures: State Sen. Gustavo Rivera (as his No. 2 selection in ranked-choice voting), Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas
Scott Stringer, New York City comptroller
Labor: Alliance of South Asian American Labor, Communications Workers of America District 1, LIUNA-NYand the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Organizations: Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club, Food & Water Action, Grand Street Democrats, Hell’s Kitchen Democrats, Independent Neighborhood Democrats, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club, Three Parks Independent Democrats, Village Independent Democrats, West Harlem Progressive Democratic Club, West Side Democrats
Public Figures: Reps. Adriano Espaillat, Jerry Nadler and Jamaal Bowman; state Sens. Alessandra Biaggi, Robert Jackson, Brian Kavanagh, Jessica Ramos, Gustavo Rivera and Julia Salazar; Assembly Members Robert Carroll, Catalina Cruz, Maritza Davila, Carmen De La Rosa, Richard Gottfried, Yuh-Line Niou, N. Nick Perry, Diana Richardson, Linda Rosenthal, Rebecca Seawright, Amanda Septimo and Al Taylor; New York City Council Members Diana Ayala, Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer; environmental activist Bill McKibbin, actress Scarlett Johansson
Loree Sutton, former New York City Veterans’ Services commissioner
Maya Wiley, former counsel to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Organizations: Democracy for America
Public figures: State Sen. Michael Gianaris; Assembly Members Michael Blake and Deborah Glick; New York City Council Members Stephen Levin and Helen Rosenthal; actors Tichina Arnold, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chris Evans, Jonathan Frakes, Kathy Griffin, Rosie O’Donnell, Patton Oswalt, Alyssa Milano, and Gabrielle Union
Isaac Wright Jr., defense attorney
Public figures: Rappers and entrepreneurs 50 Cent and Fat Joe
Andrew Yang, former Democratic presidential candidate
Organizations: Uptown Democratic Club
Public figures: Rep. Ritchie Torres; Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Council Member Margaret Chin; actors Daniel Dae Kim and John Leguizamo and Amy Schumer
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed James Dolan and Gwyneth Paltrow as endorsing McGuire. While both have donated to McGuire’s campaign, neither has publicly endorsed.