Businessman and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has filed documents to run for mayor of New York City, the city’s Campaign Finance Board confirmed on Wednesday.
Yang’s submission has the potential to instantly liven up what turned out to be competition between longtime city politicians. It comes just days after a new poll that gives him a slight head start among his fellow Democrats running for mayor.
The entrepreneur sparked a large following in the Democratic primary election for the president with his call for a universal basic income – $ 1,000 a month for every American over 18, unconditional, funded by a tax on companies that benefit from automation. But its widespread popularity on the internet did not generate the votes he had hoped.
It has been widely reported that it is considering an offer for the mayorand the Public Policy Polling poll published on Monday was that second survey in the last few weeks to show him ahead of Brooklyn City President Eric Adams.
According to the PPP poll, Yang would receive 17 percent support in a democratic elementary school. That gives him a 1-point lead over Adams, with all other candidates at least 10 points behind.
However, the field is far from fixed. Around 40 percent of voters said they weren’t sure who they would support, and the poll also left out several declared or potential candidates, including Rep. Max Rose, who recently filed papers to investigate a run.
The NYC primaries will be held on June 22nd next year. By Tuesday, at least 35 people had submitted documents to the tax office in order to apply for mayor.