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Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon announced on Monday that she is running for New York Governor. The democrat and New York native is challenging two-term democrat, Governor Andrew M Cuomo.
If elected, Nixon will become New York’s first female governor and first openly gay governor.
She is best-known for playing lawyer Miranda Hobbs on TV show Sex And The City from 1998 to 2004, and in two Sex And The City movies. A prominent LGBT rights campaigner, Nixon met her wife, Christine Marinoni, at a 2002 LGBT rights rally. Marinoni is an LGBT rights campaigner and public education advocate.
Nixon announced their engagement at a 2009 same-sex marriage rally and they married in New York on May 27, 2012. Nixon came out as bisexual in 2012 and has two children with her previous male partner and one with Marinoni.
Nixon, 51, is also a long-term advocate for public education and women’s rights and a spokesperson for breast screening. In 2006, she was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammogram.
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Nixon has been outspoken in her opposition to both Donald Trump and Mike Pence, and on January 30 she wrote an opinion piece for CNN, calling for marginalised Americans to take back their government.
“Given the current state of the union, taking our country back is going to require all of us everyday people to step up and take action - whether by protesting anti-immigrant policies, organizing for women's rights, refusing to give polluters our business, demonstrating against police violence, or even taking the leap to run for office ourselves.”
“Everyday people running means more people of color, more women, more queer people, more first-generation Americans, more allies - more of the people whose voices have been missing for far too long.”
“If we've learned anything during this first year of the Trump presidency, it's that the cavalry isn't coming to save us. We ourselves are the cavalry. In 2018, each one of us has to do whatever we can to take the government back.”
In the video announcing her candidacy, Nixon spoke of her desire to tackle the record inequality in New York, end mass incarceration and fix the broken subway and heathcare systems.
Nixon has announced that she will not be taking any corporate donations for her campaign.