Cynthia Nixon Just Officially Announced That She's Running For Governor

Cynthia Nixon hopes to unseat incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in upcoming election.

On March 19, actress Cynthia Nixon — best know for her Sex and the City character Miranda — confirmed that she would be running for governor of New York. The move, which had been rumored since the actress took meetings with former advisors to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, was made official when the actress uploaded a video to Twitter and other social media channels making the announcement.

In the video, Nixon spoke fondly of New York, highlighting how proud she is to a product of the state and a product of its public schools. She also, however, spoke to why she's throwing her hat into the gubernatorial race. "We are now the most unequal state in the entire country, with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty," she said. "Half the kids in our upstate cities live below the poverty line." Later in the video, she reiterated her love while suggesting that "something has to change" about the way the state is being run by the current members of its government. 

Current New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo doesn't seem too worried about Nixon's run, with the two-term governor seeming to welcome all challengers. "I'm not nervous about whoever runs," Governor Cuomo said last week, as quoted by the New York Times. "There'll be people who run. That's called elections, and that's fine." He might have good reason not to worry, as a recent poll showed that, among Democratic voters, Cuomo was ahead with 66 percent while Nixon only amassed 19 percent.

Still, Nixon's run could be a historic one. If she should win, she would lay claim to a couple milestones for the state as its first female governor and its first openly gay governor. 

Nixon h always been outspoken in her political advocacy, even writing an op-ed piece for CNN in response to President Trump's State of the Union address this year and tweeting along with it: "Taking our country back is going to require all of us to step up and take action — including more women, people of color, queer people, and first-generation Americans running for office." 

It seems as if the award-winning actress has taken her own advice.

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