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Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang officially enters race to be New York City mayor

 Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has officially entered the race to be New York City's next mayor, after filing paperwork with the Campaign Finance Board.

CFB officials confirmed the receipt of Yang's paperwork on Wednesday, making him the biggest name to enter the race so far.

Yang was a contender in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, gaining steam with his debate performances and promises of a universal basic income of $1,000 a month for every American adult.


He promised to accomplish that goal by taxing companies that benefited from the use of automation.

The Campaign Finance Board revealed Yang filed necessary paperwork to enter Wednesday

The Campaign Finance Board revealed Yang filed necessary paperwork to enter Wednesday

The entrepreneur didn't receive much support at the polls, however, leading him to drop out of the race after the New Hampshire primary in February.

After that, he became a political contributor for CNN, though he remained politically active.

He promised in November to move to Georgia to help deliver a Democratic Senate to President-elect Joe Biden.


NBC New York reports that 35 people have now entered the race for NYC mayor, although that number will surely decline ahead of the primary on June 22.

Current mayor Bill de Blasio is unable to run for a third term as mayor due to term limits. 

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times reported that Yang appeared poised to enter the race.

He met with Reverend Al Sharpton and is being advised by political strategists connected to former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, another former presidential candidate.

After struggling during the New Hampshire primary, however, Yang dropped out of the race

After struggling during the New Hampshire primary, however, Yang dropped out of the race

Yang's biggest competition in the race appear to be Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and city comptroller Scott Stringer.

In a Education Reform Now Advocacy New York poll released on Monday, Yang polled at 17 percent, which led all Democratic nominees, despite not yet having entered the race at that point.

Adams polled right behind Yang at 16 percent, while Stringer, long seen as a top candidate, polled at a disappointing 5 percent.

Other significant candidates in the poll include Maya Wiley (7 percent), Christine Quinn (6 percent), Dianne Morales (5 percent), and Raymond McGuire (4 percent). 

Meanwhile, 40 percent of people polled were unsure of who they would vote for or listed one of the numerous other candidates who have filed paperwork with the finance board.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is polling as Yang's biggest rival for the New York City mayorship

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is polling as Yang's biggest rival for the New York City mayorship

New York City comptroller Scott Stringer is also a major candidate for the Democratic bid

New York City comptroller Scott Stringer is also a major candidate for the Democratic bid

Current NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will leave the post in 2021 due to current term limits

Current NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will leave the post in 2021 due to current term limits 

In an earlier poll acquired by the New York Post, Yang led the way at 20 percent, followed by Adams at 14 percent and Stringer at 14 percent. 

Yang has been living in New York City for a long time and headquartered his presidential campaign in the city.

Venture for America, a nonprofit founded by Yang in 2011 and Manhattan Prep, which Yang served as the CEO of from 2006 to 2012, also called the city home.

Yang has received endorsements in the past from Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Corcoran, and Anthony Scaramucci. 

Yang also announced on Twitter that he was moving to Georgia ahead of the Senate runoffs

Yang also announced on Twitter that he was moving to Georgia ahead of the Senate runoffs

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