Race for NYC mayor gets even more crowded, with over 30 candidates so far

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The 2021 race for mayor of New York City is getting crowded fast—dozens of candidates have filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board so far.

Professor David Birdsell, the dean of Baruch College’s School on Public and International Affairs, said there are candidates with and without political experience in the diverse race.

The latest of the more than 30 candidates to file with the Campaign Finance Board is outgoing Democratic Congressman Max Rose, who lost his bid for reelection in some of the more Republican-friendly parts of the city, South Brooklyn and Staten Island.

“So he may have exactly the opposite problem that he had in Staten Island—that in coming out of a district that required moderation for a Democratic candidate to have a chance of winning, the city may require quite the reverse, and that could be a problem,” Birdsell said.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is also reportedly weighing a run.

“He’s personally appealing and his supporters are ardent in their support for Yang,” Birdsell said.

He said Yang’s fundraising skills will help but that his lack of government experience presents a sharp learning curve.

Among the other candidates who have announced a mayoral bid are Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, civil rights lawyer and former MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.