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‘Sex and the City’ star running for NY governor

March 20, 2018 GMT

After much speculation, actress and activist Cynthia Nixon announced Monday that she is officially throwing her hat in the New York gubernatorial race.

“I love New York, and today I’m announcing my candidacy for governor,” she tweeted Monday, along with a video.

“I’ve never lived anywhere else,” Nixon says in the video. “But something has to change. We want our government to work again, on health care, 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.”

The “Sex and the City” star will challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state’s Democratic primary in September.

Nixon is forming a team of alumni of the New York political sphere, including Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers -- who worked on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first campaign -- to help her ahead of the primary. Katz will work on the campaign as a senior strategist. Nicole Aro, who recently worked as the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations’ director or digital strategies, will serve as campaign manager.

The Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner was among the star-studded cast of actors, entertainers and activists who came together for “the People’s State of the Union” in January, an alternative event to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech.

“Our democracy is under attack, and we Americans need to cherish and to fight for it,” Nixon said during her speech.

The mother of three, who is married to activist Christine Marinoni, has also been vocal about education issues, and she served on de Blasio’s advisory board for the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.