March 20, 2018
On Monday, actress Cynthia Nixon formally announced she’s running for governor in New York, challenging current Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination.
She made the announcement in a video posted to Twitter, in which she said her goals included fixing the “broken subway” and ending mass incarceration.
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She’s also appeared in Broadway plays and has won multiple Tony Awards for her theatrical work.
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But in recent years, Nixon has become more involved in activism for progressive causes, including marriage equality and education justice.
She’s also become a vocal critic of Cuomo and an ally of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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Nixon’s wife, Christine Marinoni, is an education activist who, until recently, worked for New York City’s Department of Education.
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In January, Nixon spoke at the People’s State of the Union in New York City, where she criticized President Donald Trump and called for action.
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They may think that our belief in true participatory democracy is waning, that we are complacent, that we are distracted … but we are here to prove them wrong.
— Cynthia Nixon
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