Who’s who in the 2017 New York City mayoral race
The leading rival to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who won the Republican nomination for mayor this cycle. But technically speaking, it’s not just a two-person race. In fact, half a dozen contenders are campaigning to oust de Blasio from office. Here’s a rundown of all of the candidates who will be on the ballot in the general election on Nov. 7.
Bill de Blasio – The Democratic incumbent is widely expected to coast to re-election. Despite mixed reviews during his first term, his job approval rating has rebounded and he has collected a number of key endorsements and raised millions in campaign funds. He now has $2.42 million in cash on hand, far more than any other candidate. Anyone looking to knock him off is facing an uphill battle.
Nicole Malliotakis – The assemblywoman from Staten Island has accumulated endorsements from fellow Republican officials well as the Conservative Party. The Republican nominee for mayor has only $1.29 million on hand, and Malliotakis has been keeping pace with de Blasio recently.
Richard “Bo” Dietl – Bo Dietl is a former New York City detective and media personality who has drawn comparisons to President Donald Trump. He originally intended to run as a Democrat, but was unable to do so due to a paperwork mishap. After giving up on winning the Republican Party’s backing to run on its line instead, he is running as an independent. He has raised over $1 million and has $163,000 on hand.
Sal Albanese – Sal Albanese is a former New York City councilman who has run for mayor before, most recently in 2013, when he garnered fewer than 6,000 votes in the Democratic primary. Albanese, who supports term limits and campaign finance reform, was de Blasio’s leading Democratic opponent, and is continuing to run on the Reform Party line. But he has raised just $214,000 and has around $23,000 on hand.
Michael Tolkin – Tolkin is a tech entrepreneur who has emphasized the adaptability of the New York economy in the face of continuing automation and using technology to improve government. Tolkin, who is running on the Smart Cities line, made a $5 million in-kind contribution to his campaign and loaned himself another $225,000, which makes up the bulk of his campaign contributions.
Akeem Browder – The older brother of Kalief Browder, who killed himself after serving time at Rikers Island for a crime he didn’t commit, Akeem Browder has been tapped as the Green Party’s nominee. Browder’s primary goal is the rapid shutdown of Rikers Island. However, he has had run-ins with the law that could hurt his already long-shot chances.
Aaron Commey – Aaron Commey has been selected by the Libertarian Party as its candidate for mayor. As a libertarian, Commey is interested in reworking the penal code to repeal drug and prostitution laws. He has drawn attention recently for a past incident in which he tried to hijack a plane to get to Antarctica.