Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Endorses Maya Wiley for Mayor

Ellison the latest high-profile progressive backing Wiley’s surging campaign

New York — Today, New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley received an endorsement from Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. Ellison is the latest progressive to line up behind Wiley as her campaign continues to pick up momentum in the last week before the June 22nd Democratic mayoral primary. In recent days, Wiley has been endorsed by several nationally recognized progressive leaders, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman and Katie Porter, as well as Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Ellison, a fellow civil rights attorney, served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years prior to being elected as Minnesota’s Attorney General. In a recording of his endorsement announcement, Ellison praised Wiley’s leadership on issues of racial and social justice, citing their experience working together while Ellison was a member of Congress. Ellison’s endorsement further cements the progressive support behind Wiley’s campaign as early voting continues and with Election Day less than a week away.

“I’m so honored and proud to be endorsed by a great friend and true champion for civil rights and the causes of racial and social justice in our country, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. Keith and I had the chance to work together while he was in Congress and I’m so thrilled to have him on this team,” said Maya Wiley. “Keith and I share a vision for this city and for our country that values justice and equity for all, that sees housing and healthcare as human rights and believes in a better future for our children. I’m thankful to have Keith’s support as we work to make that vision a reality.”

“I’ve known Maya for many years now. She was an awesome partner when I was a member of Congress for 12 years. I could count on her for her advocacy, her insight, her understanding. She was fantastic,” said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. “To think that that Maya Wiley is possibly going to be the next mayor of New York City is an exciting possibility for the entire country. New York City is America’s city, it’s the biggest city in the country. Please pick the best person to represent you. That person is Maya Wiley.”

Maya has been endorsed by 1199SEIU, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Jamaal Bowman Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congresswoman Katie Porter, Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Amsterdam News, Community Voices Heard, Higher Heights for America, EMILY’s list, AmplifyHer, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Former Assembly Member and Former DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson, Assembly Member Jeff Aubry, Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi, Assembly Members Davila and Gallagher, Senator Salazar, District Leader Nemir-Olivares, Mark Green, Nathalia Fernández, Robbie Kaplan, Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Steve Levin, and former City Council Member Jimmy Vacca. She has also received the endorsement of New York Progressive Action Network, the 504 Democratic Club, New York State Nurses Association, Our Revolution, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, the Working Families Party, and Democracy For America.  She has received ranked choice endorsements from The Jewish Vote and Progressive Women of New York.

Since entering the race, Wiley has introduced several innovative policy proposals, including her New Deal New York, a piece of her economic vision that will create 100,000 jobs; a plan to save small business; a Universal Community Care plan to provide $5,000 grants for the 100,000 most in-need New York City; her Community First Climate Plan; an education plan that hires 1,000 teachers; a policy to prevent maternal mortality; a proposal to combat gun violence; an arts, culture and tourism platform; a women’s agenda; a plan to create safe communities and transform policing; a housing plan for a just and livable city; and a plan to fight evictions.