New York City Public Defender Jumaane Williams formally launched his campaign for gubernatorial Tuesday, joining a growing Democratic primary in a closely watched state election.
Williams touted his progressive bona fides in a campaign launch video, noting the number of times he was arrested protesting aggressive police tactics, deportations and more, and said it would represent a new wave of leadership in New York.
“Right now, our state needs to move from a pandemic, from an era of scandal, and from the old forms of government that have failed so many for so long. During more than a decade in office, I have changed things by passing nearly 70 laws on behalf of the people and more than any public defender in history, “he said.
“There is a movement that is being built in New York, a courageous and progressive movement that challenges the powerful and helps restore that power to the people, a movement that I am proud to be a part of. Because without courageous and forward-thinking leadership, things as they have always been will get in the way of what they can be. “
I’m running for governor of New York.
Without new, courageous and progressive leadership that creates change, things as they have always been will get in the way of what they can be.
– Jumaane Williams (@JumaaneWilliams) November 16, 2021
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Former governor Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoZephyr Teachout Runs for New York AG NY AG Releases Transcripts of Cuomo’s Sexual Harassment Research Approval of Hochul’s Work to 50 Percent Among New York Voters: Poll MORE (D), who was preparing to run for a fourth term, resigned earlier this year after being accused of sexual harassment and assault by several women.
The winner of the Democratic nomination contest will be the big favorite to win next year’s general election.
Williams, who has long roots in activism and previously served as a New York City Councilor, is closely aligned with the left flank of the Democratic Party. Hochul and James, for their part, are more associated with the moderate wing of the party.
Still, Williams and James are both black and both have roots in Brooklyn, leading observers to speculate that they could tap into the same foundation and expand Hochul’s path to the nomination as it currently stands.
“Throughout his career, public defender Jumaane Williams has been an important leader on issues from police reform to housing and we welcome him to the race,” James’s campaign said in a statement.
“Attorney General James is waging a campaign for gubernatorial change and, as we’ve seen in a short time, there has been a surge of support from New Yorkers, unions, elected officials and others surrounding her historic gubernatorial run,” she added . .