Council Speaker Johnson says he's not running for NYC mayor

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is ruling out a run for mayor.

Johnson released a statement Thursday saying, "Just as I was open about the fact that I was considering a run for mayor, I  now want to be open about the fact that I have made the difficult decision not to run."

"This challenging time has led me to rethink how I can best be of service to this city, and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right path for me," said the Democrat, who had put his campaign on hold for six months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Last January, Johnson announced a fundraising effort for a possible mayoral run.

Term-limit laws prevent Johnson from seeking a third term on the City Council, but the 38-year-old said the decision to withdraw from the race does not mark the end of his public life.

"I will continue serving as Speaker of the City Council and working to improve the lives of New Yorkers," he said. "I love this City with all my heart and I believe by working together, we will come back stronger than ever. Let’s continue looking out for one another and fighting for the greatest city in the world."

In his statement, Johnson also revealed that he has been dealing with depression over the past few months. 

"I am sharing this because I know from experience the value of speaking honestly about one’s struggles," he said. "I’ve been open about my sobriety, which along with my partner and mother, has been instrumental to me during this difficult time, and my HIV status. I believe it’s important to be open about this as well. Too often mental health issues are shrouded in secrecy and stigmas, which causes people struggling with these issues to feel alone. I encourage anyone who is experiencing a mental health condition to seek help. I did and I am better for it."

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has set his eyes on Gracie Mansion, announcing his official bid for mayor earlier this month.

Kathryn Garcia, who recently stepped down as the city's sanitation commissioner, is also considering a bid for the 2021 contest.

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