Sex and the City fans, your real-life Miranda Hobbs dreams just came true. Today, Cynthia Nixon announced via Twitter (opens in new tab) that she's running for governor of New York (opens in new tab). Nixon, 51, posted an emotional two-minute video detailing why she's running for office, frequently mentioning her ties to New York and why she loves the city.
"New York is my home. I've never lived anywhere else. When I grew up here, it was just my mom and me in a fifth-floor walk-up....We are now the most unequal state in the entire country with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty....I've never wanted to live anywhere else, but something has to change."
The news comes after many rumors the former Sex and the City star would be running against two-time incumbent Andrew Cuomo, who recently called her a "second-tier celebrity." Nixon has already set up a fundraising page (opens in new tab) stating that her campaign will be "powered by the people" and won't accept more than $65,100 for the 2018 election cycle. The primaries will take place on September 13, 2018, and if she wins she'll be the first openly-gay woman to hold the New York position.
You can find out more about Nixon's campaign, including donations and volunteer opportunities, here. (opens in new tab)
Rachel Epstein is a writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. Most recently, she was the Managing Editor at Coveteur, where she oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. Previously, she was an editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.
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