Election 2017: Who’s Who in the Race for Mayor?

Gage Skidmore

Republican mayoral candidate and Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis addressing the Conservative Political Action Committee.

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Every municipal office in New York City is up for grabs this fall: mayor, comptroller, public advocate, all five borough presidencies and all 51 City Council seats. The office of Brooklyn district attorney is also on the ballot. While few of the races are generating buzz so far, many look to be competitive and all will shape how the city addresses challenges in criminal justice, education, transit and more over the next four years. The information below will help you make more informed choices.

When is the election?
The primary election is on Tuesday, September 12 and the general election is on Tuesday, November 7.

Who is running?
A list of mayoral candidates is below. A list of competitive City Council seats is here.

When are the debates?
Here’s a calendar.

How do I participate?
Click here to check on your voter registration or here to register anew. You can find your polling place here. Deadlines for voters and candidates are listed here.

What do these offices do?
The second page of this briefing paper gives a great thumbnail description of each of the offices up for a vote this year.

How can I find out who represents me?
Use this great tool from the League of Women Voters.

How do I learn about earlier elections?
The city’s Board of Elections offers on its website results from the 2013, 2009, 2005 and 2001 citywide elections. The New York City Campaign Finance Board has old voters’ guides, video of past years’ debates and quadrennial reports that give a rough overview of each campaign season.

How do I find out who has donated to the campaigns?
The New York City Campaign Finance Board offers a very user-friendly search tool.

What do the latest polls say?
See the latest surveys from Quinnipiac, Marist and Sienna.

How do I keep up with the latest campaign news?
That’s easy. Just subscribe to our free daily newsletter.

I have a question I want to ask a candidate. What do I do?
Send it to us right here; we’re keeping a list and asking the best ones, and we’ll publish the answers (or non-answers) we get.

How do I find out more about the key issues?
City Limits has been covering policy in New York City since a guy named Abe Beame was mayor. Our reporting is a good place to start learning about affordable housing, criminal justice, health and the environment, the economy, education and more. All our Election 2017 coverage is right here.

How do I find out more about the candidates?
One way is to look over their website and social media presence. The Campaign Finance Board‘s voter guide, which comes out toward the end of the election season, is an excellent resource. Another is to listen to the Max & Murphy podcast, where Gotham Gazette and City Limits interview candidates and the people who promote or cover them.

Here’s who is running for mayor. Click on a name for more info (where available):
Sal F Albanese
Eric W Armstead
Richard S Bashner
James S Berry
Garrett M Bowser
Akeem Browder
Aaron A Commey
Bill de Blasio
Roque R De La Fuente
Richard A Dietl
Robert A Gangi
Robb Gosine
Aniello (Neil) V Grimaldi
Rosemarie Hameed
Walter N Iwachiw
Scott Joyner
Abbey S Laurel-Smith
Nicole Malliotakis
Salvador Morales
Ese A O’Diah
Louis J Puliafito
Eric Roman
Eliseo M Santos
Karmen M Smith
Ahsan A Syed
Michael I Tolkin

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Sal F. Albanese
Bio: An attorney, financial adviser and former New York City Councilmember
Party: Democratic
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Darren D. Aquino:
Bio: Actor and advocate for disabled Americans
Party: Republican
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Eric W. Armstead
Bio: Security manager
Party: Undeclared
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Richard Bashner
Bio: Commercial lawyer
Party: Democrat
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Garrett M. Bowser
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Akeem Browder
Bio: Criminal justice reform advocate, brother of Kalief Browder
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Aaron A. Commey
Bio: Former machine operator
Party: Libertarian
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Bill de Blasio
Bio: Incumbent mayor
Party: Democratic
Office of the Mayor
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Roque R. De La Fuente
Bio: Businessman
Party: Republican
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Richard A. Dietl
Bio: A former NYPD detective who now runs a private investigation firm
Party: Independent
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Robert Gangi
Bio: Gangi is the former executive director of the New York Correctional Association and the founder of the Police Reform Organizing Project.
Party: Democratic
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Robb Gosine
Bio:: “an engineer, inventor, research scientist, and a US Navy Officer.”
Party: Independent
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Aniello (Neil) V. Grimaldi
Bio: Attorney and frequent candidate
Party: Republican
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Walter N. Iwachiw
Bio: Businessman
Party: Republican
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Scott Joyner
Bio: Joyner is a community advocate and service-sector worker.
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Abbey S. Laurel-Smith
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Ese A. O’Diah
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Nicole Malliotakis
Bio: Malliotakis is a Republican Assemblywoman from Staten Island.
Official Assembly page
Legislation sponsored
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Joel Rodriguez
Bio: Police officer
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Eric Roman
Bio: retired Correction Officer
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Collin J. Slattery
Bio: An entrepreneur, writer, golf fanatic and proud millennial.
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Karmen M. Smith
Bio: a graduate student at Union Theological Seminary
Party:
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Ahsan Syed
Bio: Syed says he is the first Muslim candidate for New York City mayor
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Mike Tolkin
Bio: The CEO of a virtual reality technology company called Ultro Labs.
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