Mayor Bill de Blasio has new competition lining up to challenge him in his re-election bid for mayor of New York City. Currently the incumbent mayor’s chief opponent is Republican Paul Massey, a Cushman & Wakefield real estate executive. Mr. Massey announced his candidacy in August and has been pumping money into the election ever since. Also up for the challenge is Bo Dietl, a retired police detective, who has raised $390,000 for the race, third highest behind de Blasio. He will be running as an independent after a mistake in his paperwork, while trying to change from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party.
As per the Real Deal, Roque De La Fuente, known as Rocky, is a new late comer who has joined the jumbled list of candidates. He announced his candidacy on Thursday March 23, with a big dinner at Pompano restaurant. De La Fuente is as much a long shot for NYC Mayor as he was in his 2016 bid for Presidency. The 62-year-old millionaire businessman sought the Democratic Party’s nomination. When he had no success, he founded the American Delta Party, and ran for President as the reform party candidate, ultimately winning only 0.02% of the total popular vote.
He plans to run for President again in 2020, and will aspire for the Democratic Party nomination. He also ran for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 bid for Senate in the state of Florida. One of the great obstacles in his bid for Mayor is his lack of NYC residency, he lives in San Diego, California. He has thus far been rejected in his attempt to purchase a posh Fifth Avenue apartment. If cleared to run by the courts, he will inexplicably run for mayor as a Republican.
Regardless of his chances of winning, he does present a challenge to Mayor de Blasio who currently seems to be in the lead. The more candidates and more money spend against de Blasio, the more unpredictable the race will be.
By: Ilana Siyance