By Sabina Mollot
Joshua Thompson, the Stuyvesant Town resident who’d been running for the City Council seat currently occupied by a term-limited Dan Garodnick, is no longer on the ballot — because he’s running for mayor.
The 30-year-old candidate’s name appeared last week on a list of candidates on the New York City Campaign Finance Board’s website. Asked about the switch in direction, Thompson said via email that there would be a campaign launch event on May 24.
Town & Village profiled the candidate, then the only person running for Council in the 4th District in February. Thompson has previously worked for the Booker administration in Newark, New Jersey, where he grew up, and also recently held a job as director of education for the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Currently, he serves as executive director of external relations for the nonprofit New Leaders, which promotes leadership in education.
Not long after the article ran in February, Thompson tweeted that while the piece mentioned the Council, the overall effort of the campaign was for “something bigger.” T&V later asked what this meant, and he indicated this was in reference to his overall mission.
“We are creating a movement and a team that will authentically engage communities and increase participation in our local democracy,” Thompson stated in an email. “So if I ever reference something bigger, it is the movement to increase compassion and engagement no matter what office we are seeking.”
As a Council candidate he said he considered affordable housing and education top priorities.