NEW YORK (NBC News) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his bid for the 2020 presidential nomination.
De Blasio made the formal announcement Thursday morning with a YouTube video.
He is expected to travel to Iowa and then South Carolina to campaign. Dates for the events have not yet been announced.
The New York mayor plans to highlight his left-leaning accomplishments like universal pre-kindergarten, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and overseeing a drop in crime to an all-time low.
De Blasio is the 23rd candidate to enter the race for the Democratic nomination.
“There are some really good people in this race. But what I bring is absolute total focus on putting working people first,” he said. “I have done it here. These are not words these are deeds.”