Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will declare Wednesday that he wants to be the next mayor of New York City, The Post has learned.
Adams, who has already raised nearly $2.6 million for a run he has long been teasing, will be joined by supporters at a virtual event as he formally throws his hat into the ring for the 2021 mayoral race, sources said.
His campaign will likely be focused on appealing to more moderate portions of the party, including predominately black precincts in Central Brooklyn and southeastern Queens, experts say.
Records filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board show that roughly two dozen people have already filed to run to replace a termed-out Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Adams — who retired from the NYPD as a captain — is widely considered one the early frontrunners in the Democratic Party’s June 2021 primary.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a longtime veteran of Manhattan politics, has already raised nearly $2.8 million for his bid, more than anyone else so far.
There are also three former de Blasio administration officials in the race: civil rights attorney and MSNBC commentator Maya Wiley, who was a top aide to Hizzoner during his first term, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, a veteran of the de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg administrations, and Loree Sutton, a veteran and former head of the city’s Department of Veterans’ Services.
Shaun Donovan, another veteran of the Bloomberg administration and former President Barack Obama’s chief budget writer, has raised nearly $700,000 for his bid so far.
Money isn’t expected to be a problem for Ray McGuire, who was one of the most prominent African American financial executives on Wall Street before he stepped down from his post at Citigroup to jump into the race.
And Councilman Carlos Menchaca recently mounted a bid, too, after killing a controversial development plan in his Sunset Park district.
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