Bill de Blasio Wants to Be New York City’s Mayor Again

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Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, speaks during a Roosevelt Institute event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who popularized the term "the 1 percent" to spotlight increasing income inequality, headlined the first stop of a four-day U.S. tour by de Blasio. Stiglitz presented the study "Rewriting the Rules for the American Economy: an Agenda for Shared Prosperity" at the event. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Campaign season!Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The New York City mayoral election isn’t for another two years, but Bill de Blasio, though often not early to things, is planning to announce he’s running again for mayor at a fund-raiser tonight in a Times Square hotel. As of July, Mayor de Blasio raised a smidge more than $17,000, though his official “kickoff gala” will likely change that. Right now he’s the only Democratic candidate in the race, though he has one Republican challenger, Reverend Michael Faulkner, a Manhattan pastor who had a very brief stint as a New York Jets defensive lineman and who de Blasio could probably still beat even with an approval rating stuck at 45 percent. Meanwhile, Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan appears preoccupied by his 2016 presidential campaign.