Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 is part of a team of 100 New Yorkers that will lead Clinton’s campaign in the state, according to The Syracuse Post-Standard.
Myrick is accompanied on the Hillary for New York Leadership Council by the mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie Miner, and other high-profile officials such as Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
Cuomo and Miner have both made statements endorsing Clinton, according to The Post-Standard and the Observer.
On his Facebook page, Myrick said he would also be endorsing Clinton because he believes that she is “the most qualified candidate for president and the best bet to build upon Barack Obama’s transformational presidency.”
“I believe that her platform will yield progressive policy successes — and I believe strongly in the power of the pioneering nature of her candidacy,” Myrick wrote.
He added that he believes a Clinton presidency would make strides for women in America today.
The Hillary for New York Leadership Council is part of a recent effort on Clinton’s part to secure the state of New York in the 2016 presidential primaries, according to The Post-Standard.
Myrick’s move to Clinton’s team is significant because it appears to divert from general views in Ithaca. Ithacans donate primarily to candidate Bernie Sanders, according to The Ithaca Voice. As of Oct. 1, Ithacans had donated three times more money to Sanders’ campaign than to Clinton’s.