Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang might make a mayoral run in 2021 to unseat New York City’s Bill de Blasio, and is already garnering significant support among New Yorkers.
Although he is yet to formally announce his bid, the tech entrepreneur called elected officials to measure support for his run, Politico reported Tuesday. He has also been in touch with Tusk Strategies, the consulting firm that helped Michael Bloomberg win his third term in 2009.
According to Politico, Yang’s team conducted a poll testing whether he could succeed as a third-party candidate, but a person familiar with his plans said he would instead join the crowded field of Democrats vying to win the 2021 primary in June.
“@AndrewYang would make a very interesting candidate for NYC Mayor in 21,” tweeted Howard Wolfson, a top adviser to presidential candidate and former mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“It’s a natural next step,” a city New York Democratic consultant told The New York Post when asked about a potential Yang mayoral bid. “With the notoriety and following he’s gathered, he has to be taken seriously.”