2001-01-20 / Columnists

Failte

I recently discussed possible upcoming local races and potential candidates. Now let’s take a look at possible mayoral candidates for the upcoming election.

First, the Democrats, our City Comptroller Alan Hevesi is acknowledged to be a frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral primary. Alan, a Queens native is fairly well known around the country, especially in his hometown of the Kew Gardens, Forest Hills area. He has worked many years in the vineyards of Democratic city politics and has wide spread union support, money and people power. With a decent record as comptroller and almost seven million in the bank for the run he has to be taken very seriously. He has done a great deal of work in his own Jewish community as well as in the Irish and mid-Asian communities, namely Filipino-Indian communities, among others. He has carefully laid the groundwork for this run and reached out to the minority community as well.

Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer also has been doing his homework, working the fields of the voters well. He has banked a few million dollars for the run and has wide support amongst Hispanic city dwellers and is attempting to widen his base.

City Public Advocate Mark Green is also in the mix. He also has banked a few million for the run and has wide support amongst environmentalists, some Jewish quarters and some counter-culture voters.

Also, City Council Speaker, Peter Vallone is in the running. He has amassed an impressive war chest, has union and local support, and seems to be the only white Catholic in the race.

These are the leaders of the Democratic pack at this time.

On the Republican side there’s multi-millionaire media mogul, Michael Bloomfield, who is also a private businessman and city financer. He seeks the Republican and presumably liberal and/or conservative lines on the ballot. He is well regarded and businessmen, yuppies, and corporate types like him immensely.

The old warrior, Herman Badillo also has made noises about possible mayoral run. Herman, electorally "challenged" for a number of years, has been a Giuliani right hand man for years. He formerly (still?) enjoys widespread Hispanic support, being a native of Puerto Rico. He has amassed a small and growing war chest.

Well, it could be interesting. Does the Jewish vote go primarily to Hevesi or Green? Do the ethnic Catholics, Irish, Italian, and Polish line up monolithically for Vallone? Does Al Sharpton enter the race and shake it all up? What do minority voters do? There are a number of questions to be answered and it’s just too early to tell just yet.


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