The race for 2013 mayoral election is already heating up, as former city comptroller and 2009 mayoral candidate Bill Thompson launched a campaign website Thursday and declared his candidacy.
"Over the next two years I hope to build a campaign of ideas and advance a long-overdue discussion on the challenges facing our great city," Thompson said on his site, adding that "the 2009 race is in the past."
"It's clear that we need compelling and innovative approaches to our most pressing concerns: jobs, education, public safety, affordability, transportation and more."
Thompson, a Democrat who was the city comptroller from 2002 to 2009, lost by five points in 2009 to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, outperforming expectations and severely out-financed by Bloomberg's vast personal wealth.
The ex-comptroller all but declared his campaign immediately after that 2009 loss, promising to run again in 2013.
Thompson, 58, is first official entry among the major players expected to run for mayor, a crowded group that includes Comptroller John Liu, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
Manhattan Media CEO Tom Allon also announced his candidacy, in November.
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