Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. has thrown his hat into the ring for New York City Mayor.
The 51-year-old has worked as the top urban affairs official for President Barack Obama before moving onto the department of Housing and Urban Development.
Carrion has not declared a party affiliation going into the race.
"I think I'm expressing the sense of frustration of the electorate across the county. (They) want somebody who is not owned by special interest," said Carrion during Good Day New York.
The New York City native and Hunter College graduate says he wants to keep the city moving in the right direction.
"I grew up in the city of the 1970s… when we went broke... when tourism plummeted… we had to orchestrate a turnaround... I believe we have orchestrated that turnaround… we can do better. The city has to be competitive and be good for families and businesses. We also need to keep our global competitiveness," said Carrion Jr.
He faces a challenge from Christine Quinn, William Thompson, John Liu, Tom Allon, Bill de Blasio, Joseph Lhota, George McDonald and John Castimatidis.