21st Century Democrats was one of the first on board with Bill de Blasio when no one else thought he could win.
De Blasio started his career as an elected official on the New York City Council, representing the 39th district in Brooklyn from 2002 to 2009. After serving one term as public advocate, he was elected mayor of New York City in 2013 and reelected in 2017.
De Blasio’s policy initiatives have included new de-escalation training for officers, reduced prosecutions for cannabis possession, implementation of police body cameras, and ending the post-9/11 surveillance program of Muslim residents. In his first term, he implemented free universal Pre-K in the city. De Blasio has called attention to what he calls stark economic inequality in New York City, which he described as a “tale of two cities” during his first campaign. He has supported socially liberal and progressive policies in regard to the city’s economy, urban planning, public education, police relations, and privatization.