Businessman and ex-presidential candidate Andrew Yang filed the paperwork to run for mayor of New York, the city’s Campaign Funding Council confirmed on Wednesday.
Yang’s action has the potential to immediately bring down a dispute that was forming like a competition between long-entrenched city politicians. This comes just days after a new vote gives him a slight advantage among his fellow Democrats running for mayor.
The businessman generated many followers in the Democratic primaries for president with his request for universal basic income – $ 1,000 a month for every American over the age of 18, without strings attached, financed by a tax on companies that benefit from automation. But his widespread popularity on the Internet did not translate into votes as he expected.
It was widely reported that he is considering a proposal for mayor, and the Public Policy Polling poll released on Monday was the second poll in weeks to show him an edge over Brooklyn district president Eric Adams.
Yang would have 17% support in Democratic primaries, according to the PPP poll. This gives you a 1 point advantage over Adams, with all the other candidates at least 10 points behind.
The field is far from defined, however. About 40% of voters said they were not sure who they would support, and the poll also left out several declared or potential candidates, including Congressman Max Rose, who recently filed documents to explore a dispute.
New York’s primary elections will be on June 22 next year. As of Tuesday, at least 35 people had filed paperwork with the finance council to run for mayor.