2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for Mayor

* If there is an asterisk next to a candidate's name, s/he did not submit a profile or record a video.
Bill de Blasio
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: New York City Public Advocate

Previous Occupation(s): Campaign Manager, Hillary Clinton for Senate; Regional Director for the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; Aide to Mayor Dinkins

Education: M.A. Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; B.A. New York University

Organizational Affiliations: N/A

Prior Public Experience: New York City Council Member District 39 (Brooklyn); Community School Board 15 Member

1. What is the most important issue in the city you would address if elected?

My top priority will be addressing economic inequality. For far too long, City Hall has catered to the elite while middle and working-class families are dismissed or ignored. To tackle economic inequality, we must strengthen our education system, expand and protect affordable housing, and create strong jobs across all five boroughs. I am the only candidate who has a plan to create universal early education and after-school programs by asking the wealthiest to pay a little more in taxes.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

I understand how fragile police-community relations can put both residents and officers at risk, and I have called for true reform of Stop and Frisk and strong legislation to ban racial profiling. I also believe that immigrants have always been an essential part of our city and the next administration must embrace and support our vital immigrant communities.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I have dedicated my career to taking on the elite and powerful, and standing up for taxpayers, families, and everyday New Yorkers. As an outer-borough working dad and public school parent, I care deeply about the everyday issues that are front-and-center to families: economic fairness, job creation, early education and after-school programs, child care, a real living wage, effective and respectful policing, and affordable housing.


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Party Key
  • AT = Affordable Tmrw
  • CS = Common Sense
  • C = Conservative
  • D = Democratic
  • FE = Flourish
  • F = Freedom
  • G = Green
  • I = Independence
  • JE = Jobs & Education
  • LBT = Libertarian
  • REF = Reform
  • RTH = Rent is 2 Damn High
  • R = Republican
  • SC = School Choice
  • SW = Socialist Worker
  • SF = Students First
  • TWS = Tax Wall Street
  • T2H = Taxes 2 High
  • WV = War Veterans
  • WF = Working Families