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New York City’s Campaign Finance Board confirmed today that Andrew Yang, the former Presidential Candidate and Hell’s Kitchen resident, has filed paperwork to run for mayor of the city in 2021, reports NBC. He is now listed as a participant in the race for Mayor on the NYCCFB website alongside other candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring.
Andrew Yang started his run for Democratic presidential candidate from his mom’s Hell’s Kitchen apartment in the fall of 2017 — now he has the role of New York City’s next mayor firmly in his sights.
Yang has been seen as the front runner in the race, ahead of Eric Adams, in recent polls. Results of a poll in the New York Post seem to indicate in the affirmative.
“Yang’s entry into the race would complicate city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s efforts to frame the race as a two-man fight with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams,” said the Post, adding: “Twenty percent of respondents said that Yang would be their top pick of the 2021 primary were held today, while 14 percent listed Adams and just 11 percent named Stringer.”
We reported earlier this month on Yang’s Hell’s Kitchen foodie credentials. Andrew Yang is a married father of two boys, Christopher and Damian — who up until recently attended school in the neighborhood.
During the pandemic, he has made his family home in New Paltz, NY — and is at the moment in Georgia helping the campaign for the Senate runoffs. It’s hoped that he will again make his family home in Hell’s Kitchen when he digs into the mayoral race in 2021.