Christine Quinn is in the prime position to crack the glass ceiling twice with one stone if voters approve of her bid to become the first female LGBT mayor of New York.
The District 3 City Council Speaker, 46, began her career in public service working with low-income tenants to find and secure affordable housing. From there, Quinn became the director of the Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project where she worked closely with the NYPD against hate crimes.
District 3 includes the following areas: West Village, SoHo, NoHo, Flatiron, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton, and portions of Murray Hill.
Quinn has a major supporter in her corner. On December 12, 2011, former Mayor Ed Koch told The New York Times:
“I originally urged Ray Kelly to run,” Mr. Koch said in an interview. But he said that Mr. Kelly, the police commissioner, had told him that he was not going to run, so “now I’m endorsing Christine.”
He said he believed Ms. Quinn would do the best job protecting the city’s middle class.
“I believe that she is center-left, which is what I am,” he said, adding, “Of all the candidates, Christine is the best able to follow in the steps of Mayor Bloomberg and myself.”
Mr. Koch’s endorsement of Ms. Quinn was first reported online by The New York Observer.
Asked why he made his endorsement so early, Mr. Koch, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, said, “I’m 87 today — I’m not looking to roll up i.o.u.’s.”
Quinn was instrumental in spearheading the fight for marriage equality in New York State. She currently resides in Chelsea with her wife, Kim Catullo. Her term as District 3’s City Council Speaker expires on December 31, 2013. Regardless of the election outcome, Quinn already broke one glass ceiling when she became the first openly gay Speaker of the City Council.