By COLlive reporter
The newest contender to join the race to become mayor of New York City is the tech entrepreneur and a former presidential Democratic candidate Andrew Yang.
Yang, a lawyer and executive who is now a political commentator on CNN, filed papers with the city’s Campaign Finance Board, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
The race to succeed Bill de Blasio, limited by term limits, is already crowded with over 35 individuals signing up to run. The Democratic primary election in New York City will be on June 22, 2021.
Among those running are Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, former U.S. Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan, and Ray McGuire, former vice chairman of Citigroup Inc.
The 2021 mayoral election will be the first using ranked-choice voting, in which ballots will permit voters to rank their five most favorite candidates, Bloomberg news reported.
The entrepreneur already enjoys a slight lead in the race with 2 recent polls giving him an edge over Adams, a former Captain in the New York Police Department (NYPD).
Yang has national name recognition, having drawn an enthusiastic following during the presidential Democratic primaries. He called for universal basic income – $1,000 a month for every American over 18 which would be funded by a tax on companies such as Amazon benefitting from automation.
Despite his loyal and young followers labeling themselves the “Yang Gang,” he ended up suspended his campaign on February 11, 2020, clearing the path for Joe Biden to run as the Democratic nominee against President Donald Trump.
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