March 19, 2018 at 3:59 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Cynthia Nixon announces candidacy for New York governor

Cynthia Nixon (Screenshot courtesy of Twitter)

Actress Cynthia Nixon announced her bid to run for New York governor on Monday.

Nixon, 51, will run against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Democratic primary later this year.

“I love New York, and today I’m announcing my candidacy for governor,” Nixon tweeted along with a two-minute video officially announcing her run.

Nixon talks about being raised in New York as she takes her child to school, rides the New York City subway and walks the city streets.

“I was given chances I just don’t see for most of New York’s kids today,” Nixon says. “Our leaders are letting us down. We are now the most unequal state in the entire country, with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty. Half the kids in our upstate cities live below the poverty line. How did we let this happen?”

She adds, “I love New York. I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else. But something has to change. We want our government to work again, on health care, 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.”

Her ActBlue fundraising site says she “won’t be accepting any corporate contributions in this campaign. Instead, our campaign will be powered by the people.”

Nixon has publicly voiced her opposing views on Cuomo’s education policies in an interview on “The View” last April and in an op-ed where she compared him to President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos.

“He also wants to increase the number of privately-run charter schools in New York City by more than 50 percent. And he has been a loud proponent of private school tax credits, essentially a backdoor voucher system. These are policies we expect from Betsy DeVos, but from Andrew Cuomo?” Nixon wrote last year.

The ‘Sex and the City” star has a history of being politically involved in New York City. She was appointed to the advisory board for the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014. Her wife Christine Marinoni was also the special adviser for community partnerships with NYC’s Department of Education in the same year.

If elected, Nixon would become the state’s first openly gay governor and the state’s first female governor.

 

 

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