Former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has officially thrown his hat into an already fairly crowded ring for the race to replace the outgoing Bill de Blasio as Mayor of New York City. Since dropping out of the 2020 presidential primary, Yang has been campaigning for other Democrats, including President-elect Joe Biden as well as downballot candidates such as Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Georgia Senate runoffs.
De Blasio has been a controversial and often unpopular figure in the role and announced he would not be seeking re-election last fall. Yang is the founder of Venture for America, which his presidential campaign site said was formed with an eye towards “rejuvenating local economies.”.
Raised in Westchester County and a current resident of Hell’s Kitchen, Yang became known for his MATH slogan (Make America Think Harder) and is not expected to begin campaigning until after two U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia conclude in early January. Those races will decide whether the Democrats or Republicans have control of the Senate next year when President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Yang had offered to move to Georgia to help the two unseat Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. He also started a nonprofit called Move Humanity Forward, which promotes candidates championing his signature issue of universal basic income.
Yang filed paperwork to register his campaign on Wednesday, as was confirmed by the City Campaign Finance Board, ending months of speculation that he might be a late addition to the Mayoral race. The more notable candidates who have already launched their campaigns include City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, Mayor de Blasio’s former legal adviser Maya Wiley, former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, City Councilman Ron Menchaca, and former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, along with several others.
NEW — Source w/ direct knowledge confirms Andrew Yang opened a bank account and filed paperwork with the New York City Board of Elections for a possible mayoral run.
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