Former New York City Department of Veterans’ Services commissioner Loree Sutton, an out LGBTQ candidate for mayor, is exiting the race with approximately three months remaining until the Democratic primary.
“Today I am announcing my decision to step aside from my candidacy for mayor of New York City,” Sutton said in an announcement posted on YouTube. “When I entered this race, I felt compelled to offer a different kind of leadership as a doctor, a general, and a commissioner. Our city is enduring the effects of this COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated existing issues, racial inequity, economic disparity, and has led to the fraying of our tattered social, civic, and cultural fabric. My prayer for our city is that the next mayor will have the capacity to address and heal these wounds.”