Though his 2020 presidential bid fell flat, Andrew Yang is reportedly preparing for a return to the political realm.
According to CBS News, the tech-industry entrepreneur appears to be mounting a bid to become the next mayor of New York City.
He’s “seriously considering” it
This week, Yang reportedly filed a financial form with the city’s Campaign Finance Board and his name now appears among others on the body’s list of 2021 mayoral candidates. Based on those two facts, media outlets are speculating that he will throw his hat into the ring.
For his part, however, Yang has not confirmed a prospective campaign. According to one source cited by CBS, the Democrat is “seriously considering” a bid but no final decision had been made.
So far, the source said all the steps taken have been merely “procedural.”
Of course, a recent poll found that Yang is an early favorite in the upcoming race. According to Education Reform Now Advocacy, he received support from 17% of respondents. Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams was one point behind him in second place.
The rest of the field remained at least 10 points behind Yang in the early survey.
A pattern of controversial positions
Another poll also gave Yang a slight lead over Adams, showing that his failed presidential campaign nevertheless earned him valuable name recognition and a sizable following.
Those polls did not, however, indicate what his supporters like about him. Among his most notable policy proposals is a universal basic income that would deliver $1,000 monthly payments to those over the age of 18.
Yang also favors a controversial program to determine whether individuals had received a COVID-19, recently suggesting a “bar code they can download to their phone.”
Although dozens of candidates are expected to consider a campaign to become the Big Apple’s next mayor, the current officeholder will not be among them. Currently serving his second term, Mayor Bill de Blasio is not eligible to seek another term, reports noted.
Whether or not Yang decides to enter this crowded field, it seems clear that his career in politics is only getting started. He has previously declared that he would “100% run for office again,” according to Yahoo News.