Jumaane Williams Announces Bid for New York Governor

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Williams was reelected as public advocate last month and previously served on the New York City Council. 

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams announced Tuesday that he’s running to become New York’s next governor, according to CNN.  

Williams joins a growing list of Democratic politicians looking to be the state’s top official and replace Gov. Kathy Hochul, who replaced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo following his resignation this summer. 

Hochul is seeking to run in the Democratic primary, as well as the state’s Attorney General Letitia James, per reports.  

RELATED: Letitia James Announces Run for NY Governor 

Williams was reelected as public advocate last month and previously served on the New York City Council.  

“Right now, our state needs to move forward: from a pandemic, from an era of scandal, and from old ways of governing that have failed so many for so long,” Williams said in a video announcing his run for governor. “For over a decade in office, I’ve shaken things up while passing nearly 70 laws on behalf of the people and more than any public advocate in history.”  

Cuomo resigned in August after an investigation from James’ office detailed multiple sexual harassment allegations against him, which he denied.  

If elected, Williams would be the first Black man elected as governor, but the second to serve in the position.  

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