Goodbye DeBlasio: How the 2021 NYC Mayoral Election is Turning Out
By Logan Balsan
Volume 1 Issue 8
June 8, 2021
Image provided by the New York Post
Republican, turned Independent New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was term limited and couldn’t run for re-election in 2013. Traditionally a Democratic city, after nearly 20 years of Republican control in the Mayor’s office, the Democrats gained the office back, electing Bill DeBlasio. He would be the first Democrat since David Dinkins, Mayor from 1990-1994, to be elected. Now, it’s a clean slate in 2021, and with what’s currently transpiring in the city, will the Republicans be able to take the Mayor’s Office back?
Mayor Bill DeBlasio has been one of the least popular statewide politicians since the beginning of his second term in office, and the piling crises and problems have kept that approval rating on the decline. DeBlasio has tried to deal with a homelessness crisis, an increase in crime rates, and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of those residing in the city have disapproved of his response to many of these problems. For example, according to Rolling Stone, 52 percent disapproved of DeBlasio’s response to the homelessness crisis while only 35 percent approved.
The Republican and Democratic Party Primaries are heavily contested. In the Republican Primary, only two candidates are running: Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, and Fernando Mateo, Founder of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers. In a hotly contested debate, they went back and forth on stage hosted by WABC. In the Democratic Primary, a slew of candidates are running. Major candidates include former 2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang, Brooklyn Borough President Eric McAdams, and Former Commissioner of the NYC Department of Sanitation Kathryn Garcia. Polling indicates that it is a heated race, as Yang and McAdams are nearly tied in polling.
New York City is a traditionally Democratic city, but the Republicans held the Office from 1994 until 2014, from Rudy Giuliani to Mike Bloomberg, and possibly again this November.