There are eight Democratic and two Republican candidates in this race. Most polls indicate Andrew Yang and Eric Adams are the frontrunners, but this could change due to the large number of undecided voters and the possibility that some candidates may drop out and others could surge ahead. There are logical choices for almost every type of voter, including career politicians with political experience (Scott Stringer, Eric Adams), those with strong progressive ideology (Maya Wiley, Dianne Morales), those who’ve run large government organizations (Kathryn Garcia, Shaun Donovan) and those from the private sector (Ray McGuire, Andrew Yang). The two Republican candidates (Curtis Sliwa and Fernando Mateo) are not expected to present meaningful competition in the general election but could provide an interesting debate this fall.
By Frank Quinn and Deborah Rizzi
Sliwa was born in Canarsie, Brooklyn and graduated from Canarsie High School. In 1977 he created the Magnificent 13 which became the Guardian Angels in 1979, a group dedicated to combating crime that has drawn reactions both positive and negative. He has been a radio broadcaster for three decades, most of that time on WABC-AM.
Mateo was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up on the Lower East Side. He dropped out of high school and started a carpeting business which eventually grew into a multi-million dollar contracting firm. He was appointed president of the NY State Federation of Taxi Drivers and is a spokesman for United Bodegas of America.