According to a Clinton senior campaign aide, Tuesday’s announcement comes as the campaign is ramping up its “African Americans for Hillary” launch next week. The African Americans for Hillary launch will highlight issues important to the African American community including a criminal justice platform, and help strengthen Hillary’s support in the community in Southern states with African American populations.

Over the last month, the aide said, Clinton has engaged and met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus during their annual conference; traveled to a number of states with March primaries (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Ohio) that have large African American populations; had a conference call with African American mayors to highlight her commitment to their priorities and values; met with members from the Black Lives Matter movement, participated in a number of interviews, including the Tom Joyner and Al Sharpton syndicated radio shows, where she discussed criminal justice reform, among many other topics important to the community.

“Hillary Clinton has a heart for service and has spent her entire career working to expand opportunities for all Americans,” said Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, GA. “As a champion for women’s rights, thoughtful diplomacy, criminal justice reform, commonsense immigration policies and a clean energy economy, she has proven that she is the most capable candidate to lead our country.  The City of Atlanta needs a partner like Hillary Clinton in the White House to continue supporting investments in infrastructure, transportation solutions, and expanding economic opportunities for working families. I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy for President.”

Meanwhile, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, Clinton has widened her lead over her Democratic opponents.

“The group that showed the highest level of support for Mr. Biden running were non-white Democrats, with 44% saying they wanted him in the race,” the Journal reported. “Minority voters also strongly support Mrs. Clinton. In the ballot test, 50% of non-white voters said Mrs. Clinton was their first choice; 25% chose Mr. Biden.”

With so many African American mayors now standing with Clinton – mayors who will work hard to make sure their Black constituents vote for her – it’s hard to imagine how any other Democratic candidates can play catch-up to win-over enough Black voters to take the White House.

What do you think?

Below is the list of African American Mayors who support Clinton:

 

  • Michael Aiken, Mayor of Vance, SC
  • Lovith Anderson, Mayor of Lake City, SC
  • Bill Bell, Mayor of Durham, NC
  • William Bell, Mayor of Birmingham, AL
  • Stephen Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC
  • Alexander Boyd, Mayor of Bishopville, SC
  • Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo, NY
  • Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, CA
  • Michael Butler, Mayor of Orangeburg, SC
  • William Capote, Mayor of Palm Bay, FL
  • Blain Crosby, Mayor of Bamberg, SC
  • Terrence Culbreath, Mayor of Johnston, SC
  • Bobby Davis, Mayor of Marion, SC
  • David  Dinkins, Former Mayor of New York City, New York
  • Charles Duberry, Mayor of Lincolnville, SC
  • Vernon Dunbar, Mayor of New Ellenton, SC
  • Johnny Dupree, Mayor of Hattiesburg, MS
  • William Euille, Mayor of Alexandria, VA
  • Johnny Ford, Mayor of Tuskegee, AL
  • Shirley Franklin, Former Mayor of Atlanta, GA
  • Rodney Giles, Mayor of Andrews, SC
  • Gregrey Ginyard, Mayor of Jenkinsville, SC
  • Marion Glenn, Mayor of Bowman, SC
  • Jacqueline Goodall, Mayor of Forest Heights, MD
  • Miriam Green, Mayor of Awendaw, SC
  • Wayne Hall, Mayor of Hempstead, NY
  • Toni Harp, Mayor of New Haven, CT
  • Barbara Hopkins, Mayor of Sellers, SC
  • Sylvester “Sly” James, Mayor of Kansas City, MO
  • Jefferson Johnson, Mayor of Eutawville, SC
  • William Johnson, Mayor of Holly Hill, SC
  • Dwight Jones, Mayor of Richmond, VA
  • Mark Mallory Former Mayor of Cincinnati, OH
  • Adrian Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, NJ
  • Malinda Miles, Mayor of Mount Rainier, MD
  • Glenn Miller, Mayor of Branchville, SC
  • Samuel Murray, Mayor of Port Royal, SC
  • Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, NY
  • Julia   Nelson, Mayor of Manning, SC
  • Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, PA
  • Doug Palmer, Former Mayor of Trenton, NJ
  • Jesse Parker, Mayor of Greeleyville, SC
  • James Perkins Jr., Former Mayor of Selma, AL
  • Jannquell Peters, Mayor of East Point, GA
  • Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, GA
  • Terence Roberts, Mayor of Anderson, SC
  • Geraldene Robinson, Mayor of Eastover, SC
  • Brad Sellers, Mayor of Warrensville Heights, OH
  • Anderson Taylor, Mayor of Estill, SC
  • Harold Thompson, Mayor of Union, SC
  • George Wallace, Mayor off Hampton, VA
  • Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester, NY
  • Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton, MA
  • Patricia Watson, Mayor of Wellford, SC
  • Wellington Webb, Former Mayor of Denver, CO
  • James Williams, Mayor of Ridgeville, SC
  • Dennis P. Williams, Mayor of Wilmington, DE
  • Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier, Mayor of East Palo Alto, CA
  • Andrew Young, Former Mayor of Atlanta, GA

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