City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially announced via Twitter and an online video this weekend that she is running for mayor.
The candidate, who was leading in the polls before officially running, tweeted Sunday morning: "It's official: I'm running for mayor to fight for the middle class."
Quinn released a 5-minute biographical video where she talks about growing up in a middle class home in Long Island, her father's union activism, her mother's battle with breast cancer, her accomplishments in the City Council and her vision for the city. [videoembed id=120003]
Though the latest polls have shown she is a favorite among democrats, she has also drawn criticism for being too close of an ally to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and stalling action on the paid sick leave bill.