Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received endorsements from over 25 United States mayors for his bid to become president.
Included in the group, which is composed of current and former mayors is Karen Weaver. She was the mayor of Flint, Michigan from November 2015 until November 2019, taking over leadership during the serious water contamination crisis in Flint, that shocked the nation.
Bloomberg’s campaign strategy is to focus his energy in California, Michigan and Pennsylvania, while ignoring caucuses and primaries in the first four voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
Weaver explained why she endorsed Bloomberg, a former Republican, then Independent, and now Democrat, pointing out his past record on addressing the issue of infrastructure.
“Our aging infrastructure matters and it is critical that it’s addressed now,” she said in a prepared statement. “As a former mayor, Mike Bloomberg understands the need for our cities to have safe water that residents can trust and clean air they can breathe.”
Other mayors in Bloomberg’s court are Kathy Sheehan of Albany, New York; Luke Feeney of Chillicothe, Ohio; and Ethan Berkowitz of Anchorage, Alaska.
Getting the support of mayors, past and present, is a major part of Bloomberg’s strategy for his campaign. He has been leaning on the mayors, who are a racially diverse group, to bring his message across the country. Fresno, California Mayor Lee Brand introduced Bloomberg at a rally; past Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; and spending an evening in Philadelphia with current Mayor Michael Nutter.