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Politics Mary J. Blige endorses New York City mayoral candidate in new ad

02:08  11 june  2021
02:08  11 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Mary J . Blige is the latest high profile celeb to back Ray McGuire for mayor of New York City . In a new ad , the singer describes McGuire as the best choice because of his “upbringing and being raised by a single parent mother. He understands the struggle of so many New Yorkers because I’m a A retired Citigroup executive, McGuire first announced his run with a splashy ad narrated by his pal Spike Lee. Other of the candidate ’s celeb backers include LL Cool J ., Steve Martin, Nas, Donna Karan, Jay-Z, Naomi Campbell and Diddy. Despite his celebrity backing, McGuire continues to trail in the polls

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. And a growing number of them have now changed their minds, rescinding 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

a group of people on a stage in front of a crowd: Mary J. Blige endorses New York City mayoral candidate in new ad © Pool/Getty Images Mary J. Blige endorses New York City mayoral candidate in new ad

Musical artist Mary J. Blige is throwing her support behind a candidate in the New York City mayoral race with days left to go before the June 22 primary, Page Six reports.

In a new ad, Blige stumps for Ray McGuire, a former Citigroup executive. She notes his upbringing as the child of a single mother, saying, "He understands the struggle of so many New Yorkers."

She added, "He is the businessman with the business plan... He's not about the look. He's about the grind."

Blige also touted his dedication to minority communities.

"He cares about black and brown people getting ahead and children, and women," she said.

New York City mayoral race: What to know about the candidates, issues and why a 'progressive' isn't leading the way

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Blige previously showed support for McGuire by signing on to a letter titled, "Women for Ray," Essence Magazine notes.

The "Be Without You" singer is one of several A-listers to support McGuire, who has vowed to boost the film tax credit for the city. Among other big names to endorse the Wall Street giant are actress Gwyneth Paltrow, filmmaker Spike Lee and comedic actor Steve Martin.

McGuire is not a top contender so far in the race, which recent polling shows is being led by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang and former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia, NBC 4 New York reports.

Opinion: Seven things to know about NYC mayoral race .
Errol Louis writes that the fiercely contested Democratic primary for mayor of New York City is the most consequential election in years. The most pressing issues of this race will likely resonate beyond the city and have the potential of setting the agenda of the Democratic Party.The race offers a window into issues of crime, race, social justice and economic inequality that will resonate well beyond the confines of the city and could end up setting the agenda of a Democratic Party seeking to satisfy and expand its restive, politically potent urban base. Furthermore, winning the Democratic primary normally spells victory in November given the city's political makeup.

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