Though 2021 is generally thought to be an off-cycle election year, several important races will be decided this year. One of the most important and high-profile contests will be for the mayor of New York City. Incumbent Democrat Bill De Blasio is reaching the end of his final term and a crowded field of candidates has emerged to replace De Blasio, including high-profile figures like former presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

Despite the city’s diversity and its prominence in Black history, New York City has only had one Black mayor in its history: David Dinkins, who ran the city in the early 1990s and passed away last November. This time around, the NYC race includes several Black contenders, meaning that the nation’s largest city may soon have a Black mayor. Here’s a look at five folks who could be New York City's next mayor.