Former presidential candidate Andrew Young is running for mayor of New York

Former presidential candidate Andrew Young is running for mayor of New York

Andrew Young, who gained notoriety in the 2020 presidential race, has officially decided to run for mayor of New York next year

Rumours that he would run have been circulating for months – but it was only this week that the City Campaign Finance Board confirmed that Young had registered his campaign. According to Young’s political consultant Chris Coffey, the move is not an “official” signal that he is running. “We don’t accept donations. – Coffey stressed – Our status has not changed.”

As of Wednesday, Young’s list of potential opponents includes City Controller Scott Stringer, Borough of Brooklyn President Eric Adams, former Mayor de Blasio’s legal counsel Maya Wheely, former Housing and Development Secretary Sean Donovan, City Councilman Carlos Menchaca and former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire.

Young caught the public eye during the Democratic presidential primaries with his support for universal basic income: a plan for every adult American to earn $1,000 a month. He is also one of two candidates with financial-sector experience entering the race to date.

Venture for America, created by Young, is aimed at “rejuvenating the local economy,” according to his presidential campaign website. A recent poll conducted by Education Reform Now Advocacy found that Young is currently the favourite among New Yorkers. Some 17 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to support him.