'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon running for governor

'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon running for governor, will challenge Cuomo in primary

The former star of the hit TV show Sex and the City, who most recently portrayed Emily Dickinson in the movie A Quiet Passion, originally began acting to help pay her way through Barnard College.

"I love NY, and today I'm announcing my candidacy for governor", she tweeted. She grew up with a single mother "in a one-bedroom fifth floor walk-up", Nixon says in the video.

Nixon, who is openly gay, highlighted her public school roots and being a parent of New York City school children. "Our leaders are letting us down", the 51-year-old revealed in the clip.

"Half the kids in our upstate cities live below the poverty line. I've never lived anywhere else", Nixon says while showing highlights of her home life with her wife, Christine, and sons Charlie and Max. She also accuses Cuomo of allowing NY to become "the most unequal state in the country" when it comes to income.

For those of us who value equal rights for all, or economic and racial justice, or want to combat climate change, we've taken huge steps backwards.

She listed off healthcare, mass incarceration, and fixing the Subway as her key points as the video ended on what appeared to be her campaign slogan, "Cynthia for New York".

She wants to run in a Democratic primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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When asked earlier this month about Nixon's apparent interest in challenging him, Gov. Cuomo cracked jokes about "Russian interference".

In Mr Cuomo's 2014 re-election, a primary challenger with little name recognition, Zephyr Teachout, won roughly 34 percent of the vote to Mr Cuomo's 62 percent, leading to speculation Mr Cuomo might be vulnerable to a challenge from a well-funded progressive.

Her announcement video emphasizes her long ties to the city and that she is a graduate of its public schools. But she laments the state of health care, education and the crumbling New York City subway system. "We look forward to building on that record as we continue to fight and deliver for NY families statewide".

"I'm not nervous about whoever runs", he told reporters in Manhattan. "Women have to lead and speak up", she said.

"Cynthia hasn't been bought and paid for by special interests and won't be accepting any corporate contributions in this campaign", the linked donation website reads.

On the Republican side, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and state Senator John DeFrancisco both plan runs.

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