By Sabina Mollot
Joshua Thompson, the Stuyvesant Town Democrat who ditched a campaign for City Council last year to run for mayor has announced he is “suspending” that campaign to serve as senior adviser to another candidate for mayor, Republican developer Paul Massey.
In an email blast on Thursday, Thompson, 31, said that although he’d raised nearly $200,000, it was “time to put values before party politics.”
“I believe deeply in his vision for this city and believe that consolidating resources is the best way to spread our message and affect the lives of New Yorkers,” Thompson wrote.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Thompson’s title will be director of policy and outreach for the campaign and he’ll be focusing on education and homelessness.
Thompson previously worked for the Cory Booker administration in Newark, New Jersey, as well as having held a government position in education in Bridgeport, Connecticut from 2012-2014.
He’s lived in Stuyvesant Town since 2014 with his wife, Julia, who runs a Brooklyn charter school.
Previously when Town & Village asked Thompson if he was running for mayor in the hopes of attaining a more relatively achievable position, he said he wasn’t. However, the candidate did say he was facing detractors on a regular basis.
On Thursday, he said the decision to switch sides was made in part because he and Massey had been friends for the last couple of years.
“We always promised to check each other about what we care about in the city,” said Thompson, adding it was about “issues as opposed to ego.”
In a written statement, Thompson said he admired Massey’s “no-nonsense” style and the emphasis in his campaign on homelessness and education.
He added, “I have been fighting for children and our most vulnerable communities for the last decade. What I have learned over these past nine months in meeting thousands of New Yorkers through our campaign, is that New York needs and deserves strong leadership. I’ve worked with successful big city mayors and seen what it takes to lead. Paul has it.”
On Thompson’s hire, Massey said, “Josh’s enthusiasm is infectious and his depth on policy and his record of implementation is invaluable to me as we continue to put together policies that will benefit New Yorkers. Josh will be both a source of innovative policy solutions and an impassioned advocate for our campaign and for better leadership in City Hall. We are thrilled to have him join our team as senior advisor.”