Bill de Blasio is an American politician who is serving as the 109th Mayor of New York City, In 2017 he was re-elected in another landslide, winning more than 66% of the vote against his Republican challenger.
He was delighted to announce his run for the presidency, the latest Democrat to enter the race.
In a video released recently, Mr de Blasio said it was “time we put working people first” and that President Donald Trump “must be stopped”.
“I’m a New Yorker, I’ve known Trump’s a bully for a long time,” he added. “I know how to take him on.”
Previously serving as a senior figure on the city’s council, Mr de Blasio has implemented a programme of free universal pre-school, made police wear body cameras and highlighted economic inequality in the most populous city in the US.
He is expected to visit Iowa and South Carolina to begin campaigning this weekend. Mr de Blasio is the 24th person to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
The Manhattan-born politician beat eight other Democratic contenders in his mayoral primary. The 58-year-old progressive won a landslide victory in 2013 to become New York’s first Democratic mayor since 1993.