Williams launches gubernatorial bid in New York

New York City Public Prosecutor Jumaane Williams formally launched his gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday, joining a growing Democratic primary in a closely monitored state-wide election.

Williams exclaimed his progressive bona fides in a campaign launch video, noting the number of times he has been arrested in protest of aggressive police tactics, deportations and more, saying he would represent a new wave of leadership in New York.

“Right now, our state must move forward from a pandemic, from an era of scandal and from old ways of governing that have failed so many for so long. For over a decade in office, I have been shaking things up while I has passed nearly 70 laws on behalf of the people and more than any public advocate in history, ”he said.

“There is a movement building in New York, a brave, progressive movement that challenges the powerful and helps restore that power to the people, a movement I am proud to be a part of. For without brave, progressive leadership, it will the way things have always been, stand in the way of what they can be. ”

Williams joins New York Gov. Kathy HochulKathy HochulZephyr Teachout stands for New York AG Hochul job approval with 50 percent among New York voters: poll New York bans selling used cars without working airbags MORE and Attorney General Letitia James in the Democratic primary next year. Rep. Tom Suozzi and outgoing mayor of New York Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioBiden signs law on trillions of infrastructure New York City extends access to COVID-19 boostershot to all adults NYC enters agreement with four unions on COVID-19 vaccine exemptions MORE is also brooding.

Former Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoZephyr Teachout running for New York AG NY AG releases transcripts of Cuomo’s sexual harassment survey 50 percent of New York voters approve of New York voters: poll MORE (D), who had been preparing to run for a fourth term, withdrew earlier this year after being accused of sexual harassment and assault by several women.

The winner of the Democratic nomination competition will be the overwhelming favorite to win the parliamentary elections next year.

Williams, who has long roots in activism and previously served as a city councilor in New York, is closely aligned with the left flank of the Democratic Party. Hochul and James, meanwhile, are more connected to the moderate wing of the party.

Still, Williams and James are both black and have both roots in Brooklyn, prompting observers to speculate that they could take a bite out of the same base and extend Hochul’s path to the nomination that the field is currently at.

“Throughout his career, public prosecutor Jumaane Williams has been a key leader in matters ranging from police reforms to housing, and we welcome him to the race,” James’s campaign said in a statement.

“Attorney General James is running a change campaign for governor, and as we have seen in a short time, there has been a wealth of support from New Yorkers, unions, elected officials and others around her historic candidacy for governor,” it added. .

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