Originally published in NY Daily News.
Mayoral candidates Scott Stringer and Dianne Morales plan to set aside their political differences Sunday in what they’re touting as the first ranked-choice voting endorsement in the city’s history.
State Sen. Gustavo Rivera will endorse both candidates in their runs for City Hall, with a first place nod to Stringer, the city’s comptroller, and a number two endorsement for Morales, a former non-profit CEO.
The June Democratic primary for mayor is the first time the city will use ranked-choice voting to decide a mayor’s race.
Ranked-choice elections mean voters get to rank up to five candidates listed on ballots for citywide offices.
Voters still have the option of picking just one candidate, but won’t be allowed to choose multiple candidates for any one ranking.
Stringer and Morales are rolling out their announcement in part to raise awareness about the new system.
“Senator Rivera has been a tremendous partner on progressive causes, and I’m proud to have earned his support,” Stringer said. “I’m thrilled to have his endorsement, and to partner with him and Ms. Morales to spread awareness about ranked choice voting in 2021.”
Morales said ranked choice gives voters “the opportunity to vote for multiple candidates who align with their values.”
“I’m in this race fighting for a vision of equity and justice that centers the communities I’ve been serving for 25 years,” she said. “Out of the many mayoral candidates, I’m delighted that both Sen. Rivera and I see a clear need for equity-centered policy coming out of City Hall, and proud to have his endorsement.”