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New York City’s Mayoral Race, and Ranked-Choice Voting

Posted on June 03 2021

New York City’s Mayoral Race, and Ranked-Choice Voting

 

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By Larry Marotta

Voters in New York City are gearing up to select the city’s next mayor. Because of term limit laws, current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is not eligible to run for another term, leaving the office open. According to city law, New York’s mayor is limited to two consecutive four-year terms in office, but he or she is allowed to run again after a four-year break.

With over a dozen candidates still in the race, it is hard to know who will govern the largest city in the U.S. The bulk of media attention, however, is focusing on the Democratic front-runners Andrew Yang and Eric Adams, who will face off against fellow Democrats in primary elections on June 22.

Yang is likely the more familiar candidate to people outside of New York City, since he made a bid for the U.S. presidency in 2020. Although his campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, he earned national attention. Yang is the son of immigrants from Taiwan and is a lawyer by training and also is a successful businessman. If elected, Yang says that he plans to launch a comprehensive basic income program and create an accessible health care system.

 


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