Updated: Jul 7, 2021
The upcoming mayoral primary and special elections in New York City will be unlike any other in its history, with voters using ranked-choice voting to determine who will win. This means that instead of making one selection for each race, you will rank your top five candidates. Once the votes are tallied, two things can happen: If one candidate has received more than 50% of first-choice votes, that candidate wins. Or, if no single candidate exceeds 50%, the candidate in last place is eliminated and their votes are redistributed to the candidate their voters selected as their second choice. This process (learn about it in more detail here) continues until there are two candidates remaining, after which the candidate with the most final votes is declared the winner. With the introduction of ranked-choice voting, it's more important than ever before to be familiar with the candidates, their platforms, and their visions for the future of New York City. To help, Brown Harris Stevens hosted several discussions with some of the leading candidates for mayor, NYC Comptroller, and Manhattan District Attorney. Click the images below to watch the interviews hosted by BHS CEO Bess Freedman with each candidate.
Mayoral Candidates Andrew Yang and Shaun Donovan
Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams
Mayoral Candidates Kathryn Garcia and Ray McGuire
Comptroller Candidates Zach Iscol and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
Manhattan District Attorney Candidates Alvin Bragg, Tali Farhadian Weinstein, and Lucy Lang*
*Though the District Attorney race will not involved ranked-choice voting, the elected official will have a significant impact on the city's future, and we think it's just as important to learn about their views and ideas.