Former Army general Loree Sutton launches bid for NYC mayor

Bill de Blasio’s former Veterans’ Services Commissioner, Ret. Brigadier General Loree Sutton, has thrown her hat into the ring to be New York City’s next mayor, promising a “common sense, get-things done approach,” in a launch video released Thursday.

“I am committed to creating a vibrant and livable New York City community that works for all of us, grounded on the four core values of equity, health, prosperity, and sustainability,” Sutton, 60, said in a statement.

Sutton, a moderate Democrat, became the city’s first Commissioner for the Department of Veterans’ Services in 2016. She stepped down on Halloween this year.

The city saw a 90 percent decrease in veteran homelessness under her tenure, but in her last year the budget for her agency ballooned nearly 70 percent while ex-military members got less housing and other services.

De Blasio said at an unrelated press conference Wednesday that he wasn’t aware of Sutton’s plans.

“She has not talked to me at all though about the notion of running for mayor,” de Blasio said, adding that he thinks “very highly of Commissioner Sutton.”

The former Army psychiatrist asked her wife, Laurie Leitch, to marry her at the city’s 2015 pride parade.

During her decades-long military career Sutton led the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, was special assistant to the Director of the office of the National Drug Control Program and founded the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

She resigned from the last post following reports that the military failed to help soldiers with mild traumatic brain injuries.

Her overseas tours include stints in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt. She received the Bronze Star Medal and Presidential Service Badge.

The race to be the city’s 110th mayor is already crowded with contestants from varied backgrounds. The likely candidates include City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Two other women—Dianne Morales, who heads the not-for-profit Phipps Neighborhoods, and Jocelyn Taylor who runs the contracting company TaylorMade—have also launched 2021 mayoral campaigns.

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