Andrew Yang
Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang advocates for reopening city schools during a press conference in front of Department of Education headquarters, May 11, 2021. 
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Yang entered the mayor’s race with a national profile thanks to his 2020 run for U.S. president but with no experience in city government. During more than two decades of living in the city, the 46-year-old Manhattan resident  has never voted in a local election.

With experience leading a nonprofit promoting entrepreneurship and a test-prep company aimed at ambitious young professionals, Yang has presented himself as an innovator who will pursue uncharted paths and re-energize a wounded city as it emerges from the pandemic. His relative lack of knowledge about city government and partnership with a business lobbyist running his campaign have given opponents fodder to say he’s not really in charge, to which Yang replied: “If elected, my decisions will be mine alone.”

Yang has secured the sought-after backing of key Orthodox Jewish leaders after he pledged to minimize scrutiny of religious schools and has animated support among some Asian New Yorkers concerned that City Hall has not been responsive to community concerns.



THE CITY sent three multiple-choice surveys to every Democratic and Republican mayoral candidate on the ballot for the June 22 primary, starting in February. See how Andrew Yang answered below.

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