Citywide Councilman Steve Stycos announced his candidacy for mayor during a Facebook Live event on Tuesday night, citing education, government transparency and accessibility, open space preservation and diversification of the city’s workforce as among his top priorities.
“I am running for mayor this year, and I’m running for mayor because we need competent leadership in City Hall that listens to people’s concerns, gets people together, and comes up with an approach to attack problems and come up with ideas to make our city better,” Stycos said at the start of the online broadcast, during which he was joined by his wife, Christine Herbert.
Stycos, a Democrat, is in his fifth term on the City Council. He spent four terms representing Ward 1 before winning his citywide seat in 2018 as the top vote-getter in the field.
Unable to seek reelection to his current seat due to term limits, he has long acknowledged mulling a mayoral run and been expected to make a bid for the city’s top elected office. Earlier this month, prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 crisis, he had scheduled a campaign announcement for March 24 at Pub on Park.
That gathering was called off due to the current social distancing mandates, and last week he announced the campaign kick-off would be held instead via the Facebook Live event. It also included an “ask me anything” session in which Stycos and his wife – who is a physician – fielded questions about the campaign, the city and the current crisis.
Stycos becomes the second announced candidate to succeed Republican Mayor Allan Fung, who was first elected in 2008 and is also barred from seeking reelection due to term limits. Council President Michael Farina announced his GOP bid for the mayor’s office during a January event at Twin Oaks.
Full coverage of Stycos’ announcement will appear in next week’s edition of the Herald.