Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may soon find himself replaced by a familiar face.
In a bombshell report Wednesday, NBC New York revealed that Andrew Yang, the businessman turned failed Democrat presidential primary candidate, has filed paperwork to run for mayor of the Big Apple.
NBC reportedly received confirmation of the move from New York City’s Campaign Finance Board.
Leading the pack
The primary election for mayor of New York City is set to be held on June 22, 2021. The current mayor, de Blasio, whose second term ends next year, is unable to run again due to term limits, according to The New York Times.
In other words, New York City is getting ready to elect a new mayor.
At the moment, over 35 people are fighting for the spot, NBC reports. But according to the latest polls, Yang is leading the way.
On Monday, according to NBC, Public Policy Polling released a survey showing Yang at 17% support among likely voters. Another poll shared by the New York Post this week pegged Yang at 20%, just a few points ahead of the Dems’ only other frontrunner, Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams.
“Like a bar code?”
Although Yang didn’t garner enough support to become the Democrats’ presidential nominee this year, he certainly gained some followers. And unlike most of the other candidates running in the race for New York’s mayor, Yang is not a career politician, but rather, a tech entrepreneur turned politician.
Probably what stands out more than anything so far is Yang’s outward support for universal basic income, as Breitbart noted. The Democrat also raised eyebrows recently by suggesting on Twitter that there ought to be a “barcode” program in which Americans can be scanned to determine whether they have received a vaccine for the coronavirus.
Is there a way for someone to easily show that they have been vaccinated – like a bar code they can download to their phone? There ought to be.
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) December 18, 2020
With that, it seems New Yorkers wouldn’t be much better off under Yang than de Blasio. But even if he doesn’t win, it may not be the end of the political road for Yang.
“We all know if I ran again, it would be a lot more fun than the first time. Because the first time, you know, I was kind of climbing out of anonymity. The second time, you know, we’d have a blast from day one,” Yang told Yahoo Finance Live last month. “I would 100% run for office again.”