Andrew Yang, 46, Democrat
Lawyer, Venture for America founder, and 2020 presidential candidate.
Yang is a businessman who has worked with startups and early stage growth companies and founded Venture for America, a nonprofit organization focused on creating jobs in struggling cities. He mounted an unsuccessful bid for the presidency during the 2020 election on a platform calling for universal basic income.
Eric Adams, 60, Democrat
Brooklyn borough president (elected in 2013), state senator (2006–13), and 22-year NYPD veteran. Adams, 60, has served as the Brooklyn Borough President since 2014. He worked as an officer in the New York City Transit Police and then the New York City Police Department for more than two decades, retiring at the rank of Captain. He later served in the State Senate, and became the first person of color to chair its Homeland Security Committee.
Maya Wiley, 57, Democrat
Lawyer, former counsel to Mayor de Blasio, and CCRB chair.
Wiley is a contributor to MSNBC who also serves as an attorney, civil rights activist, and professor. She served as counsel to Bill de Blasio and was also the chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Scott Stringer, 61, Democrat
New York City comptroller, former New York State assembly-member, Manhattan borough president.
Stringer has served as New York City’s 44th Comptroller since 2014. He previously served 13 years as a New York State Assemblyman, representing the Upper West Side, and as the 26th borough president of Manhattan.
Kathryn Garcia, 51, Democrat
Sanitation commissioner and emergency-response food czar under Mayor de Blasio. Oversaw the city’s water-and-sewer system under Mayor Bloomberg.
Garcia served as the 43rd Commissioner of the New York City Sanitation Department from 2014 to 2020. She previously held roles as the chief operating officer of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the interim chair and chief executive officer of the New York City Housing Authority.
Shaun Donovan, 55, Democrat
Donovan served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2014 in the Obama administration, and as the Director of the US Office of Management and Budget from 2014 to 2017.
Ray McGuire, 64, Democrat
Citigroup executive, chairman of Harlem’s Studio Museum.
McGuire is a businessman and former executive of executive at Citigroup. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and is campaigning on a pledge to fix the economy and end racial unrest.
Dianne Morales, 53, Democrat
Executive director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods, the social-services arm of developer Phipps Houses.
Morales was CEO of a Bronx social services non-profit called Phipps Neighborhoods until she stepped down to run for mayor. The Harvard grad supports defunding the police and is running on a progressive platform.
Art Chang, 58, Democrat
Tech entrepreneur, NYC Campaign Finance Board member (2009–18)
Chang defines himself as a pro-business progressive. He was the project manager in the development of the Long Island City Waterfront; has worked for the City University of New York (CUNY) and the city law department, among other public organizations; and created a web-based software platform for child welfare called Casebook.
Fernando Mateo, 63, Republican
Restaurant owner, founder of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, and advocate for the United Bodegas of America.
Describing himself as an ‘urban Republican’ who has ‘done most of work for the Democratic community’, he has cited public safety, job creation, and affordable housing as his top priorities.
Paperboy Love Prince, 28, Democrat
Rapper, community activist, and gallery owner.
Rapper and beloved Brooklyn neighborhood icon Paperboy Prince is angling for a new title. Prince’s vision for New York City called the ‘Utopia Plan’ includes a guaranteed income for all in the form of a monthly cash or cryptocurrency payment of $2,000; ‘Love Centers’ spread throughout the city, where New Yorkers can go to make friends, receive relationship and mental health counseling, childcare and job training; the transformation of the NYPD into a ‘Love Team’.
Curtis Sliwa, 67, Republican
Founder of the Guardian Angels, radio host.
Sliwa founded the Guardian Angels in 1977, an unarmed, volunteer crime prevention organization. The group is dedicated to combating violence and crime on the New York City Subway.
Joycelyn Taylor, 55, Democrat
An entrepreneur, Taylor seeks to realign government to fix affordable housing, support small business, end homelessness and reform the criminal justice system.’
Isaac Wright Jr., 59, Democrat
Lawyer, legal-reform advocate, and inspired the ABC legal drama For Life. Wright is a lawyer in the state of New Jersey.
Aaron Foldenauer, 45, Democrat
A Tribeca lawyer, Foldenauer might not have the name recognition of some of the frontrunners but he owns the top spot on the ballot in the June 22 Democratic mayoral primary.