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Cynthia Nixon is running for governor of New York

Cynthia Nixon is running for governor of New York

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon is adding politician to her resume, which includes actor, activist, and born and bred New Yorker.

She announced on Monday (19 March) her bid for governor of New York. In August, reports revealed she was thinking about running.

Nixon is running as a Democrat. She’s challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in the September primary before the midterm elections on 6 November.

She’s best known for playing Miranda on Sex and the City but now she’s turning her sights on her home state. Recently, Nixon has been using her voice for political issues, including LGBTI rights, reproductive rights, and public education.

‘New York is my home,’ she says in her announcement video. ‘I’ve never lived anywhere else. When I grew up here, it was just my mom and me in a one-bedroom fifth floor walk-up.’

Now she lives in the state with her own family: wife Christine Marinoni and her children, all featured in the video.

‘Our leaders are letting us down,’ she continues in a voice-over. ‘We are now the most unequal state in the country, with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty.’

Nixon gets more and more passionate as the video goes on, showing her speaking at various political and activist events.

‘We want our state back’

On her official campign website, she writes she voted for Cuomo. However, she then explains the eight years under Cuomo ‘have been an exercise in living with disappointment, dysfunction, and dishonesty’.

She then outlines her plans for New York and what the state can achieve if it tries.

This includes fully funding public schools, providing accessible and inexpensive healthcare, passing the DREAM Act to make New York a sanctuary state, and more.

Her campaign is also one directly and explicitly against Trump.

‘Together, we could show the entire country and the world that in the era of Donald Trump, New Yorkers will come together and lead our nation forward.

‘I’m running for Governor because we want our state back.’

A variety of responses

Reactions to Nixon’s bid range from applause to comedy to another celebrity making the political leap.

(Although it’s important to note here that Nixon identifies as bisexual.)