Max Rose, a reasonable Democrat who misplaced his congressional seat final yr amid a resurgence of Republican power in parts of New York, introduced on Monday that he was mounting one other run for Congress, establishing a nationwide political battleground in New York Metropolis.

The race for New York’s eleventh Congressional District, presently held by Consultant Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican, may very well be probably the most aggressive within the metropolitan space subsequent yr, together with doable races on Long Island.

Relying on the contours of the Staten Island- and Brooklyn-area district following the redistricting process, the competition might also symbolize one of many Democrats’ extra promising pickup alternatives, as they pressure to take care of their congressional majorities heading right into a grueling midterm marketing campaign atmosphere and as a variety of Democratic incumbents have decided to retire.

The race might also supply a revealing snapshot of how Democrats in key battlegrounds select to place themselves, after the Republican Get together gained ground over the past yr by portraying Democratic candidates as anti-law enforcement.

Mr. Rose introduced his intentions in a short video through which he mentioned what he solid because the promise of American exceptionalism, whilst he nodded to the challenges dealing with the nation, together with inflation, pure disasters, the coronavirus pandemic and the terribly violent political climate laid naked by the Jan. 6 rebel.

“The alarm bells, they by no means cease ringing, and the individuals we belief to repair it, they divide us, they misinform us, tearing America aside, simply to carry on to energy,” Mr. Rose mentioned within the video, as photographs of the US Capitol below siege flashed throughout the display screen. “You have a look at all that and it’s straightforward to suppose that perhaps our greatest days are behind us, that nothing will change. Effectively, I disagree.”

Ms. Malliotakis voted against certifying the outcomes of the 2020 election though former President Donald J. Trump’s claims of a stolen election are false — a vote that can nearly definitely grow to be a difficulty within the congressional race.

Final yr, she beat Mr. Rose by round six proportion factors, although Mr. Rose outperformed President Biden’s displaying within the district, which incorporates strongly pro-Trump Staten Island.

In that race, she sought to make use of Mr. Rose’s resolution to affix a march for racial justice as a cudgel, and he appeared to allude, partly, to that second in his video as he mentioned doing what he “thought was proper” within the face of political penalties.

Republicans, contemporary off a sequence of sudden victories throughout the nation — including in New York City signaled on Monday that they might once more search to color Mr. Rose, who’s a decorated combat veteran and a critic of the “defund the police” motion, as radically left-wing.

The race will clearly be nationalized: Ms. Malliotakis has firmly tied herself to Mr. Trump, a boon on Staten Island and elements of southern Brooklyn, however a riskier wager if the district turns into extra liberal.

“Staten Islanders rejected Max Rose and the Democrats’ socialist agenda in 2020 and they’re going to do the identical in 2022,” mentioned Camille Gallo, a spokeswoman for the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee, in an emailed assertion. The topic line was, “anti-cop Max Rose loves dropping.”

A consultant for Ms. Malliotakis was not instantly reachable for remark Monday morning.

It isn’t but clear how redistricting will change the political dynamics of the district, however given Mr. Rose’s expertise with difficult nationwide headwinds, his choices relating to marketing campaign technique and messaging will likely be intently watched as he competes within the Democratic major.

“It shouldn’t be taboo within the Democratic Get together to say that it’s time to open up fully and return to work,” he wrote on Twitter final month. “Our financial system wants it. New York Metropolis’s particularly.”

His resolution to run drew expressions of optimism from Democratic strategists with experience in Home races, who recalled his success in flipping the district from Republican management in 2018 as Democrats gained management of the Home. And a few would-be colleagues shortly took to Twitter to supply their assist.

“Run, Max, Run,” wrote Consultant Ritchie Torres, a New York Democrat, on Twitter as he linked to a donation web page. “Help the comeback Congressman.”

Mr. Rose will immediately be seen because the front-runner within the Democratic major to tackle Ms. Malliotakis. However that, too, is a contested race, and Mr. Rose faces deep skepticism from some voters on the left — a possible problem for him relying on how the district map shapes up.

Brittany Ramos DeBarros, additionally a fight veteran who describes herself as an “Afro-Latina Staten Islander, group organizer” and a progressive, has been fund-raising and locking down some endorsements, and is more likely to run to Mr. Rose’s left within the major.

“I’m operating for Congress as a result of we’re uninterested in being informed to accept crumbs and be grateful,” she said in a marketing campaign video.

Ms. Malliotakis, for her half, begins the race bolstered by a good nationwide atmosphere for Republicans, even in some corners of New York, and about $1.2 million in money readily available, according to the latest marketing campaign submitting.

She was additionally one in all 13 Republicans to vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which is able to fund much-needed enhancements to subways, roads, bridges and sewers in New York. Her vote might assist her messaging within the basic election, although she has additionally drawn some backlash for it.

Virtually precisely one yr in the past, Mr. Rose launched an exploratory bid for mayor of New York Metropolis earlier than finally deciding in opposition to a run. However he has remained energetic on the New York political circuit, attending an occasion for the Staten Island Democrats final week and becoming a member of Mayor-elect Eric Adams’s transition team.

Within the video, Mr. Rose cited his navy service and his time working as a senior adviser to the secretary of protection on Covid-19 as experiences that had given him hope.

“I’m operating as a result of this nation, it may be inexpensive and honest,” he mentioned. “Our politics can carry us up, slightly than tear us down. The America we imagine in is feasible.”

Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting.