NEW YORK, NY — Today, former Obama-Biden administration Housing Secretary and Budget Director, and former New York City Housing Commissioner Shaun Donovan, announced that his campaign for Mayor of New York City has easily met the threshold to secure placement on the June primary ballot, collecting 11,942 unique signatures from registered Democrats across the city.

“Given the unprecedented times we are living in, securing almost 12,000 signatures in a way that put the safety of voters and supporters first was paramount. But our energized and determined campaign staff, supported by equally dedicated volunteers, more than rose to occasion to ensure that we could make it on the ballot, bringing  us one step closer to enacting real change and reimagining our city as a city that works for all New Yorkers,” said NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan. “I was proud to see our team safely and responsibly put in the work and participate in this fundamental part of our democratic process. I look forward to marching down the path to victory with them, together.”

“Shaun’s message of experience and equity is resonating with voters in every single borough, as evidenced by our surge of support from volunteers and the nearly 12,000 signatures our team has been able to secure in such a short amount of time and under extraordinary circumstances,” said New Yorkers for Donovan Organizing Director Rameera Robbalaa. “Shaun Donovan is The Man with the Plan, and every single day, more and more New Yorkers are seeing that.”

“Our team has been working hard to engage with voters from Brooklyn to the Bronx, and every place in between, in a way that puts their health and safety first, and the outpouring of support Shaun has received and the 11,942 signatures we were able to collect, is a testament to that work,” said New Yorkers for Donovan Campaign Manager Brendan McPhillips. “We will continue to campaign responsibly in the months to come and look forward to reaching even more New Yorkers in the process.”


About Shaun Donovan:

A lifelong New Yorker, Shaun Donovan served in President Obama’s Cabinet for his full eight years in office. From January 2009 to July 2014, Shaun was the 15th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he led the fight against the nation’s unprecedented foreclosure crisis. Under his leadership, HUD helped families rent or buy affordable homes, revitalized distressed communities, fought discrimination, and dramatically reduced homelessness. After Hurricane Sandy hit his hometown, President Obama asked Shaun to lead the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, leaving a stronger, more resilient region than before the storm hit.

In July 2014, he was sworn in as the 40th Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. At OMB, Shaun increased investment in key domestic and national security priorities that grew the economy, protected our country, and increased opportunity. He also oversaw regulations that reduced inequality, expanded health care, improved education, and fought climate change. While OMB Director, Shaun played a pivotal role in managing the nation’s response to the Ebola and Zika outbreaks.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Shaun served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He also served in the Clinton administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multi-family Housing at HUD and as acting Commissioner for the U.S. Federal Housing Administration.

Deeply affected by the crisis he saw around him while growing up in New York City, he volunteered in a homeless shelter during college and interned for the National Coalition for the Homeless when he graduated. After studying housing in graduate school, he returned to work for the nonprofit Community Preservation Corporation in the Bronx and across New York City.

Shaun holds a B.A. and Masters degrees in Public Administration and Architecture from Harvard University. Shaun was born and grew up in New York City, and is married to Liza Gilbert, a Landscape Architect who has designed and restored parks in New York City and across the country. Shaun and Liza live in Brooklyn, where they raised their sons Milo and Lucas.


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