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Carrie Bradshaw鈥檚 Sex and the City character hasn鈥檛 aged well. Sure, we still kind of love her anyway, but in 2018, we鈥檙e quick to call out her exorbitant spending habits and repeatedly questionable choices in men. Miranda Hobbes, on the other hand, has aged like fine wine. Often portrayed as the 鈥淒ebbie Downer鈥 of the group, she鈥檚 gradually evolved into a social media icon over the past 20 years. Now, there鈥檚 even an entire Instagram account dedicated to Hobbes鈥 wisdom and realistic embodiment of a successful working woman. Given her millennial hero status, it makes sense that when Cynthia Nixon (the actress who played Miranda Hobbes) announced her run for New York governor, the women of the internet went wild with celebration 鈥 most of them, anyway.

Nixon is not a real-life replica of her Sex and the City character, but admittedly she does embody many of the characteristics people seem to love about Miranda Hobbes. Nixon is a 52-year-old, native New Yorker who is outspoken, unapologetically progressive, and prepared to fight for what she believes in. That much has been proven over the past 17 years she鈥檚 spent advocating for public school funding, LGBTQ+ equality, and women鈥檚 health care.

Nixon鈥檚 been grinding on the campaign trail and the MTA rails since March, and now it鈥檚 showtime. With New York鈥檚 primary election taking place on Thursday, September 13, she鈥檚 about to see if the state is ready to stand behind her progressive platform. Ahead of the important election, we caught up with Nixon to talk about the issues she鈥檒l fight for if she wins, how being raised by a single mother shaped her, and what she makes of all that Miranda Hobbes fandom.

B+C: What was the catalyst that made you decide this was the year to run for office?

Nixon: Like a lot of Americans 鈥 women, in particular 鈥 I was urged by Donald Trump鈥檚 presidency to get involved in politics in a way that I hadn鈥檛 before. New York should be fighting against Trump with everything we鈥檝e got, but instead, our governor [Andrew Cuomo] has blocked a lot of progressive policies. Take healthcare, for example: While Trump and Paul Ryan were working to repeal Obamacare, we could have passed 鈥淢edicare for All鈥 in New York. It鈥檚 already passed the Assembly four times but Cuomo refuses to get behind it. This bill would eliminate co-pays, deductibles, and premiums and provide all New Yorkers with free, guaranteed healthcare.

B+C: How do you think your years of activism work has prepared you for a more formal role in politics?

Nixon: Elected officials, more often than not, really look down on advocates and activism as a form of 鈥渆xperience.鈥 Remember the reaction when Obama talked about being a community organizer? That鈥檚 so out of touch. All my years in advocacy and activism taught me that organizers are closest to the people. It showed me that elected officials need to be much, much closer. You can鈥檛 represent people if you鈥檙e not talking to them. Cuomo hasn鈥檛 ridden the subways in 20 months and look at the state of our subways.

B+C: You鈥檝e been very vocal about being raised by a single mother in New York City. How has that experience influenced the issues you鈥檙e fighting for today?

Nixon: My mother taught me that if something is wrong, you have to stand up and speak out. She also taught me how to fight for your kids. My dad was very troubled, and my mom said if it wasn鈥檛 for me, she just wouldn鈥檛 have left [him]. But she saw the effect he was having on me, so she found the strength in herself to tell him to go. After that, we moved to a five-floor walk-up. After a while, my mom realized the landlord was cheating us. She stood up for herself and got our rent reduced, and got it reduced retroactively. I remember so clearly how proud she was of herself, and how proud I was of her. She taught me to fight and to fight even harder for your kids.

So, 17 years ago, when the city was cutting public school funding, I stood up. My oldest had just started kindergarten and I saw the horrible impact these cuts were having at his and all the other schools around the city. I started protesting with parents and lobbying legislators and we stopped hundreds of millions of dollars in additional cuts. In the process, we learned the issue was really statewide, so the very next year, I joined the Alliance for Quality of Education (AQE). I鈥檝e spent the last 17 years traveling around the state and meeting with legislators to fight for a funding solution that would close the dramatic funding gap between low-income and high-income school districts. We ultimately won a victory in the courts to close that $10,000 per pupil gap, but Governor Cuomo has refused to honor the ruling.

72ND SUBWAY STATION, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/08/14: Cynthia Nixon campaigns for Democratic Party nomination for New York State Governor on 72nd subway station in Manhattan.

B+C: Fixing New York City鈥檚 subways and legalizing marijuana are two issues you鈥檝e been extremely vocal about. Aside from those, what are some of the issues you鈥檇 want to tackle right away if elected?

Nixon: 鈥淢edicare for All鈥 is a big one. It would reduce health care costs for 98 percent of New Yorkers. It would eliminate deductibles, co-pays, and premiums. It would allow people to take care of their health proactively [see the聽video on this].

I鈥檇 also fully fund our public schools. The courts ruled that low-income school districts are owed billions from the state, but Andrew Cuomo has refused to honor it. I will make sure our children get the sound basic education they鈥檙e entitled to.

B+C: Since Trump was elected, there鈥檚 been a lot of conversation 鈥 and, frankly, trepidation 鈥 about voting another celebrity into office. What do you say to those who are wary of electing another celebrity over a seasoned politician? What advantage do you think coming from a non-political background (professionally speaking) gives you?

Nixon: Trump and I have nothing in common. He was a real estate developer who inherited his business from his father and used his celebrity to enrich himself further. I was raised by a single mom. I started acting at age 12 because there was no other way to afford college. I鈥檓 also not a political novice. I鈥檝e been fighting for public education, LGBT rights and reproductive rights for decades. I helped vote out three state senators opposed to marriage equality, and put the fear of God in a lot more. Working with other parents and public education advocates, I forestalled hundreds of millions in budget cuts to New York City schools, and I helped win billions of dollars more on the state level.

I do think there is a value in voting in someone who isn鈥檛 part of the entrenched political class. I鈥檓 not taking a single dime of corporate donations, so the only donors I鈥檒l be beholden to are everyday New Yorkers.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon speaks to attendees during a rally for universal rent control on August 16, 2018 in New York City. Cynthia Nixon, who is running against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for the governor seat has pushed for a more response to high rents, also, Nixon has said that cities throughout the state should be allowed to impose it. Only NYC and some nearby areas are allowed to impose rent control, and only on apartments built before 1974.

B+C: You鈥檙e running on a progressive platform and you鈥檝e often criticized Governor Cuomo for his more centrist tendencies. In a time when there is so much party division, do you think it鈥檚 important to find middle ground with Republicans on some issues? Are you willing to reach across the aisle if elected?

Nixon: I鈥檓 not automatically going to be opposed to an idea because a Republican presents it. If the policy they鈥檙e proposing helps attack inequality, of course, I鈥檒l look at it seriously.

B+C: Over recent years, your Sex and the City character Miranda Hobbes has become something of a pop culture icon, especially on Instagram. What do you make of the campaign support that鈥檚 funneling through the Miranda Hobbes fandom?

Nixon: At the time the show aired, Miranda was often seen as the least 鈥渇un鈥 of the four main characters. I鈥檓 glad that women are now embracing a character who is so career driven, who doesn鈥檛 apologize for her success.

B+C: How can people support your campaign?

Nixon: Donate, volunteer, or vote! Can find out how to do all of the above on my website.

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