Democrat Bill de Blasio was elected as the mayor of New York in a landslide victory November 5. De Blasio is the first Democratic candidate to end the Republican reign after Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg.
“My fellow New Yorkers, today, you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city,” De Blasio opened his victory speech that included greetings in English, Spanish and Italian.
Progress, a primary slogan of De Blasio’s campaign, is evident in his victory song. De Blasio used Lorde’s pop song Royals, about a young girl who hasn’t experienced the finer things in life due to class issues, while his teenage children did the “Smackdown Dance” onstage.
De Blasio’s campaign propelled political tactics from an unknown candidate to a recognizable opponent in the race. Beginning with De Blasio’s representation of today’s blended family, he placed his children front and center of a massive political campaign that culminated with assuming the role of the 109th New York City Mayor.
De Blasio and his family covered New York Magazine with a headline “Meet The DeBlasios” that proved to be successful in increasing his visibility. His wife Chirlane McCray and two charismatic children Dante and Chiara, particularly 15-year-old Dante with his massive afro, have become widely recognized and have spawned countless parodies.
He connected his multicultural family with issues of income inequality and lack of affordable housing. Issues that resounded with a diverse population whom hope can find attainable solutions many of the city’s problems. De Blasio is up for the challenge and progressing the illustrious city forward, as evidenced in a line from his speech.
“The people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on it, together,” De Blasio said in his victory speech.