Gotham Gazette: Claiming ‘The Campaign of Ideas’ in Mayoral Race, Shaun Donovan Releases Climate and Transit Plans

“We’re the campaign of ideas,” Shaun Donovan’s team has declared, as the former Obama cabinet official and Bloomberg housing commissioner recently launched his bid to succeed the term-limited Bill de Blasio as Mayor of New York City.

Donovan — who served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Michael Bloomberg — offered a handful of specific broad policy planks during his campaign launch event on December 8, then followed those up by releasing detailed climate and transportation plans, which have overlapping aspects.

Donovan is running as part of a crowded and diverse field of candidates in the Democratic primary set for June 2021. He is among only a few of the many candidates to put forward any detailed policy proposals.

One early Donovan proposal picks up on pledges made by local leaders elsewhere that residents should be able to access “core services” without venturing too far from home. “Within 15 minutes of your front door, ​every​ New Yorker should have a great public school, fresh food, access to rapid transportation, a park, a chance to get ahead,” he said in his campaign launch speech, which he gave from the rooftop of an affordable housing development in the Bronx, the product of a deal he orchestrated as the city’s housing commissioner.

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