Businessman and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has filed papers to run for mayor of New York City, the city’s Campaign Finance Board confirmed Wednesday.
Yang’s profile has the potential to turn the race around that was taking shape as a competition between the city’s long-established politicians. This comes just days after a new poll gives him a slight lead among fellow Democrats running for mayor.
The businessman sparked a large following in the Democratic presidential primaries by calling for universal basic income – $ 1,000 a month for every American over 18, without restrictions, funded by a tax on companies that benefit from automation. But his widespread popularity on the Internet did not translate into voices as he had hoped.
It has been widely reported Consider bid for the position of mayorThe policy poll released on Monday was: The second survey in recent weeks To show him a lead over Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
Yang will have 17 percent of support in the Democratic primary, according to a PPP survey. This gives him a one-point lead over Adams, with all other candidates returning to at least 10.
However, the field is far from specific. About 40 percent of voters said they were not sure who they would support, and the poll also disqualified several declared or potential candidates, including Rep. Max Rose, who filed papers exploring the race.
The New York City primary will be held on June 22 next year. As of Tuesday, at least 35 people had submitted papers to the Financial Council to run for mayor.