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Isaac Wright Jr., whose life is the basis of the ABC series "For Life," officially announced his bid for mayor of New York on Tuesday.
Wright was sentenced to life in prison in 1991 following a wrongful conviction for crimes including alleged activity as a drug kingpin. He studied law while he was incarcerated and served as a proxy-lawyer for other inmates before ultimately arguing for his own innocence in court, according to his campaign website.
He says now that he is ready to take on a new challenge and is running as a Democrat against Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Coast-to-coast fears about post-holiday COVID-19 spread De Blasio to reopen New York elementary schools in reversal Macy's will still hold Thanksgiving Day Parade amid pandemic MORE (D) in next year's election.
"I understood law enforcement in such a way that I was able to get a law enforcement officer, a veteran, to actually come clean and admit fault, even though he was facing prison time. The years of dealing with those issues allowed me to take that experience and individually turn an officer around. I think I could do the same thing with the NYPD," Wright said of his mayoral hopes in an interview with People magazine.
Wright's platform includes a pledge to "address the racial, economic, environmental, and educational injustices that plague our city’s institutions." He says, however, that he is not an activist.
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