After months of speculation, Cynthia Nixon has officially announced that she’ll be challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in this year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in New York. She made her declaration this afternoon via Twitter.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 19, 2018
The New York Times notes that “Nixon, 51, has never before run for elected office and has chosen a huge undertaking for her first bid: seeking to unseat a two-term incumbent (and son of a three-term governor) who is sitting atop more than $30 million in campaign cash.” However, “The contest will likely become one of the marquee Democratic primaries in the nation, as Ms. Nixon is widely expected to challenge Mr. Cuomo from the political left.”
While Nixon is obviously most famously known as Miranda Hobbes from Sex and the City, she’s made a real name for herself in activist communities in recent years, championing education reform, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, single payer healthcare, and affordable housing. Her wife, Christine Marinoni, is also longtime education activist who recently left her position with with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to work with Nixon’s campaign.
Perhaps, most importantly to people who live in New York City, Nixon has promised to fix the subway (which she rides every day).
If Nixon wins the primary and defeats the Republican challenger in November, she’ll become the first woman and first openly LGBTQ governor of New York.