Cynthia Nixon to challenge New York Gov

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SEX AND THE City actress Cynthia Nixon has announced she is to run for the role of Governor of NY.

"Cynthia Nixon is a lifelong New Yorker and progressive activist who is running for governor to fight for a better, more equal NY", the donation website read. (She also has two children from a previous relationship.) The accompanying video talked about how she grew up in NYC with her single mother.

She said NY is "now the most unequal state in the entire country" with "both incredible wealth and extreme poverty". "Our leaders are letting us down", the 51-year-old revealed in the clip.

In the video, Nixon decries income inequality in a state that she says has "incredible wealth and extreme poverty" and the depressed upstate economy where she says half of all children are poor. "I've never lived anywhere else", she said.

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"I love NY".

"But something has to change". "We want our government to work again, on health care, mass incarceration and fixing our broken subway".

Nixon will run as a Democrat against New York's incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Nixon's entry into the race could split state progressives, who have felt burned by Cuomo's leadership in Albany and repeated clashes with de Blasio. She was recently honored by the Human Rights Campaign with its Visibility Award for her work advocating for marriage equality and fighting stigma and prejudice.

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After weeks of hinting that she would seek the Democratic nomination for governor of New York, Cynthia Nixon has made it official. "Join us", she captioned her campaign video on Twitter. She declares herself to be "a proud public school graduate and a proud public school parent". "I'm not nervous about whoever runs", Cuomo said on March 14, per the New York Times.

Nixon is known as an ally of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who often finds himself at odds with Cuomo, and has been mulling a bid for months.

Teachout, who was listed as Nixon's campaign treasurer, said she will be helping Nixon's run, saying she has been impressed with Nixon. Her announcement comes just a week after Joseph Percoco, a longtime adviser and friend of Cuomo, was convicted in a major corruption case that landed a political hit on Cuomo and his administration. Reached on Monday, the New York Working Families Party, which backed Cuomo in 2014 after a contentious internal debate, told CNN they hadn't yet reached a decision for 2018. In 2010, Nixon signed a letter supporting a boycott of actors in Israel who said they would refuse to perform at a new theatre in the occupied West Bank.

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