Yes, you read that correctly. Known for her role as Miranda on Sex and the City, actress and activist Cynthia Nixon announced on Twitter she is running for governor of New York on Monday, March 16, releasing her first campaign ad alongside the announcement.
“Something has to change,” she says in the campaign video where she is filmed in various places throughout New York City. “We want our government to work again,
on healthcare, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.”
Claiming she rides the subway every day, Nixon is one of the first politicians to run on a subway-focused platform. Her campaign site says, “the subway is the lifeblood of
our city. If the subway dies, so does the city of New York.” She also claims on her website that she is running for governor because she loves New York. “We need a New York that works for all of us—a New York for the many, not just a few,” the website says.
Lifelong New Yorker, Nixon has been an outspoken member of the LGBT community. In 2012, Nixon married her wife Christine Marinoni. She has transitioned from acting in recent years to political activism and advocating for sexual harassment victims, starring in the short film series #ThatsHarassment launched by David Schwimmer last April.
Nixon will be running against incumbent Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo. Many of her co-stars have spoken in support of Nixon. Kristin Davis, who played Charlotte in the popular series, was the first cast member to voice her support for Nixon. “I am so proud of @CynthiaNixon, no one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair chance and a good education,” she said in a tweet. “I know that she would be an excellent governor!”
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