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As the June 22 primaries draw ever nearer, New York City’s 10 mayoral candidates gear up for another round of campaigning. 

This year, New York City sees eight Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates vying to reshape New York in their own image. 

For the Democratic party, candidates include Eric Adams, Maya Wiley, Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia, Scott M. Stringer, Raymond J. McGuire, Dianne Morales and Shaun Donovan. Representing the Republican party are candidates Fernando Mateo and Curtis Sliwa.

For the first time, New York will be contending with ranked-choice voting, wherein voters can rank their top five candidates instead of casting one vote for one single candidate.

Eric Adams: After joining the NYPD in an attempt to reform the racist bias of the system from within, Adams moved to the State Senate. There, he worked to “improve and protect New York” and was elected Brooklyn Borough’s first Black President in 2013. Eric’s plan involves improving the public education system, getting illegal firearms out of the public domain and addressing violent crime. 

Maya Wiley: As a Civil Rights Lawyer, Wiley has worked to improve public education, civil and immigrant rights, women and minority owned business contracts, universal broadband access and accountability of NYPD officers. She has served as the mayor’s legal counsel, founded a non-profit and has taught as a University professor at The New School. 

Andrew Yang: Named an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship by President Obama and the CEO of an education company in Koreatown, Yan aims to rebuild the economy. He will focus primarily on fighting income inequality, addressing the homelessness crisis, creating more employment opportunities and reviving the entertainment industry.

Kathryn Garcia: As New York’s Sanitation Commissioner and the Department of Environmental Protection’s Incident Commander, Garcia hopes to make New York “the most climate forward city on Earth. A city with world-class infrastructure, and subways that run on time.”

Scott M. Stringer: Called “one of the strongest voices for climate action,” as Manhattan Borough President, Stringer built new schools, helped grow New York City’s pension funds, pushed for permanently affordable housing and currently aims to transform the City’s approach to public safety. 

Raymond J. McGuire: As a Citi Foundation Board member, McGuire helped improve the lives of people in low-income communities and spoke out on the economic impact of systemic racism. As mayor, McGuire aims to “rebuild our city’s economy, spark innovation, create and attract new jobs and still make the city more affordable and more equitable.”

Dianne Morales: A former NYC public school teacher, Morales launched an outreach program for homeless LGBTQ+ youth and established the first NYC public high school targeting homeless & foster care youth. As the Executive Director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods, she created a career training program for young adults in the healthcare field. She focuses on “creating spaces committed to transformation, inclusion and equity with, for and by the community.”

“I launched my campaign for mayor to transform New York City so housing is truly affordable, all jobs provide fair pay, and redefine public safety to provide New Yorkers with the support they need to live in dignity. As Mayor, I’ll make good on this vision to transform our city into one that provides dignity, care, and solidarity for everyone,” Morales told Scriberr News in an email.

Shaun Donovan: Donovan has had a long tenure in various sectors of the political sphere. He served as a member of Barack Obama’s Cabinet and aims to improve housing affordability, job availability and reduce veteran homelessness.

Fernando Mateo: Mateo started what is now a multi-million dollar contracting business and founded the Mateo Institute of Training, a job training program for incarcerated first-time, non-violent offenders. He believes his work ethic, passion and success make him “an outstanding candidate for becoming New York City’s next Mayor.”

Curtis Sliwa: Founder of The Guardian Angels, a program meant to make a positive change in the community, Sliwa “intends on reversing bail reform laws that are allowing criminals back out on the street, fighting quality of life issues that are driving people out of neighborhoods, and helping a failed education system that is unfairly treating children”

New York’s Final Democratic Mayoral Debate takes place tonight, June 16. The eight democratic candidates will have one more chance to sell undecided voters on their policies and goals for recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Here are some reactions to the debate:

As of March 2021, Stringer, Morales, and Wiley, were considered the chief contenders for the progressive vote. Morales’ campaign suffered a blow in May, when it was speculated that poor working conditions marked her campaign office’s environment.

So far, only 16,867 voters showed up for early voting in the mayoral primary, which began on Saturday. The poor turnout indicates that the candidates’ performance in the Democratic Mayoral Debate could still have a substantial impact on the race. 

Early voting takes place in person and concludes on June 20. The deadline to register to vote passed on May 28.

To cast an early vote in the June 22 primary, New York City residents must be registered to vote at one of NYC’s early voting polling sites. Hours vary by day.

To vote on Primary Day, New York City residents must be registered to vote at one of the Primary Day polling sites. These can be looked up online and will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 22.

The deadline for eligible voters to request absentee or mail-in ballots online or via mail passed on June 15. These can still be requested in person until June 21 at an elections office. The deadline to mail in absentee ballots, or drop them off at an elections office is June 22.

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