State Senator Eric Adams put an end to speculation about which office he would seek, announcing in an email to supporters this afternoon, “At the behest of many of you, Eric has decided to pursue his dream to run for the office of Brooklyn Borough President in 2013. ”
Mr. Adams had been rumored to either be a BP candidate in 2013 or make a run for Public Advocate, but the email today–sent by his chief of staff, Ingrid Lewis-Martin–makes plain that he has decided to go with the former.
“The road to Borough Hall is long and can be rocky, but with your continued support we can pave the way and set a smooth course,” the email reads. “I will send you periodic emails and news updates to keep you informed and abreast of all of the ways in which you can be a part of our journey to Brooklyn Borough Hall.”
The campaign for BP will kick off with a fundraiser next month.
Mr. Adams would be a formidable candidate. A former police officer, he is well-liked by his colleagues and by labor and progressive groups and has generated lots of attention for his sometimes provocative efforts to stop teenagers from wearing low-riding pants and to get parents to search their children’s rooms for hidden guns. He is closely aligned with Senate Minority Leader John Sampson and his opponents are likely to try to tie him to Albany dysfunction.
So far however the race to replace Marty Markowitz is fairly light. Mr. Markowitz’s top deputy Carlo Scissura, is an all-but declared candidate, as is Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry. State Senator Daniel Squadron is also contemplating a run.
Mr. Adams got drawn into a new district in the initial drafts of the new redistricting maps, but that could actually give him a boost in 2013 as he has to introduce himself to a new set of constituents.
The full email is below:
Thank you for your continued support and unwavering commitment to Team Adams.
We have some exciting news! Prior to sharing our new political goal, please be reminded that NYS Senator Eric Adams is up for re-election and we will need your assistance with our petition effort and, of course, your vote at the polls.
Now, for the new and exciting news! At the behest of many of you, Eric has decided to pursue his dream to run for the office of Brooklyn Borough President in 2013. We appeal to you for your continued support and know that we will be able to count on you in a variety of ways.
The road to Borough Hall is long and can be rocky, but with your continued support we can pave the way and set a smooth course. I will send you periodic emails and news updates to keep you informed and abreast of all of the ways in which you can be a part of our journey to Brooklyn Borough Hall.
On Thursday, March 8, 2012, we will host our first fundraising event. I have attached an invitation and the donor contribution form.
Remember, if you live within the 5 boroughs, your contribution of $10.00 – $175.00 can be matched 6 times by the City. All contributions must be made from personal accounts and must be accompanied with a signed and completed form, see attached.
Again, thanks for your support and see you on March 8th at 6 pm at Da Nonna Rosa, 140 7th Avenue (between Carroll Street and Garfield Place), Brooklyn, NY.