This morning, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced that she is officially running for mayor of New York City"Why? I’m running because I want to make sure that New York remains what it was when my grandparents came here a hundred years ago: a place where, with good, honest work, you could lift your family into the middle class," she wrote on her website.

In addition, here's an official statement that was posted on her website:

Today, too many families face an affordability crisis that is simply squeezing them out of our city. We must change that.

With the right leadership, I know that New York can continue to be a beacon for the rest of the world: a home for the middle class, and for all of those people working hard every day to get there.

Together, let's make sure we live in a city where everyone has the opportunity to get a job, own a decent home, live in a safe neighborhood and send their kids to great public schools.

That’s what I’m fighting for. I hope you’ll join me.

If elected, Quinn would become the city's first openly gay mayor as well as its first female mayor. In addition to tweeting the news, Quinn released a video about the launch of her campaign. You can watch it below.

[via Gothamist]