Attorneys, Politicians and a Bitcoin Entrepreneur: The 23 People Running for Public Advocate

ImageJumaane Williams, a Brooklyn city councilman, is one of 23 candidates running for public advocate in a special election next month.CreditCreditHilary Swift for The New York TimesIf you need evidence that next month’s special election for New York City public advocate is vastly different than any ordinary election, look no further than Theo Chino — though you will no longer see his name on the ballot.Just four minutes before the Jan. 14 midnight filing deadline, Mr. Chino submitted his petitions to run for the position — one of the last of 24 potential candidates to do so.Because ballot order in the Feb. 26 special election is determined by order of petition submission, Mr. Chino, 46, a self-described bitcoin entrepreneur, was slated to be listed toward the very bottom of a ballot that is likely to rank as one of the longest in city history.But after ballot challenges and other technical reasons, Mr. Chino and six other candidates were disqualified, leaving 17 challengers in New York City’s first citywide special election, which was necessitated by Letitia James’s win in the race for state attorney general in November. The contest is nonpartisan, so there will be no party primaries, and candidates must run under their own party lines — often hinting at a candidate’s priorities.The CandidatesThe field for the Feb. 26 contest is extraordinarily deep.It begins with one of the presumed front-runners, the former City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was the first to submit her petition signatures (candidates must have at least 3,750 signatures to qualify to run).Ms. Mark-Viverito is running on the Fix the M.T.A. line; Michael Blake, a Bronx assemblyman who will appear second on the ballot, is running on the For the People line.Here is the rest of the field, in the preliminary ballot order (although court challenges
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