Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon just confirmed rumors that have been swirling in New York for a few months now by announcing that she’s running for Governor of New York.
“Today I’m announcing my candidacy for governor” she tweeted alongside a two-minute video. The clip shows Nixon at home and around New York with her sons Charlie and Max and her wife Christine, and goes on to show how her home state has shaped her — and how she’d like to help shape its future.
“I love New York. I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else,” Nixon, who will be running as a Democrat, says in the video statement. “But something has to change. We want our government to work again — on healthcare, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.”
She also makes special mention of the state’s public school system, and is likely to make her ongoing education advocacy a big part of her campaign.
Nixon, best known for her role as the career-focused and successful lawyer Miranda Hobbes on the Sex and the City TV series and its subsequent big-screen sequels, will run against current Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has served two terms. She has stated that she will not accept corporate donations for her campaign; instead, she says that her campaign will be “powered by the people.”
New York’s primary election will take place on September 13, with the general election set for November 6, 2018.
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