Leveraging the energy and attention gained during a presidential campaign built around the idea of providing $1,000 a month to every American ages 18 to 64, Mr. Yang emerged as a front-runner to be the next mayor of New York City, though recent polls show his lead eroding.
His entrance into the mayor’s race shifted the dynamics of the election and has made him the target of attacks from opponents who say he lacks the experience needed to run New York City, particularly during its recovery from Covid-19.
Mr. Yang, 46 years old, says the attacks are a good sign. “There wasn’t much upside in attacking Andrew Yang, the presidential candidate,” he said in a recent interview.
“I appreciate it because it means that we have a better chance to win and have a positive impact,” he said.
Photographed for The Wall Street Journal with words by Katie Honan.
Andrew Yang Says He Can Transform New York CityâÂ€Â™s Politics
Momentum from his presidential run pushed him to the top of the polls in the mayorâÂ€Â™s race, despite his lack of experience.