It was already an ‘open secret’ that Jumaane Williams would compete in the electoral race to become Governor of the state. And this Tuesday the current New York City Ombudsman made his aspirations official by releasing a video in which he said: “It is an honor for me to announce my candidacy to be the next Governor of New York.”
Seven weeks ago, Williams had announced the formation of an exploratory committee to analyze the possibilities of competing in the Democratic primaries in June of next year, in which the candidate of that party will be chosen to compete for the Interior in the general elections of November. .
“I’ve spent my life fighting and creating change on behalf of the people, in the streets and in the corridors of the Government. Public service is about meeting people where they are and giving them what they need, ”Williams said in the video.
The now official candidate added that at this time “I believe that we need a bold and principled progressive leadership in Albany to advance our state with justice and equity, regardless of the political winds. I am honored by this opportunity to empower people and renew New York, and excited to share my vision of structural change with the communities across the state that I love. “
In the primary Williams will compete with the current governor Kathy Hochul, who took office after the resignation of former governor Andrew Cuomo on allegations of sexual harassment, and who has already announced that she will compete to be elected for a full term. Also, there is another woman in the fray, the current state attorney general Letitia James, who made her candidacy official last week.
And another who is expected to join the race is Mayor Bill de Blasio, who so far has not denied that he intends to seek to replace Hochul, and on the contrary has given clear signals that he will try to continue as a public servant.
Williams has been the Ombudsman, the second highest-ranking elected official in the New York City, since 2019, and in the elections of November 2, he won re-election to that position. Before, she served for nine years on the City Council, and in 2018 she competed in the Democratic primaries seeking the position of lieutenant governor of the state, precisely against Hochul, who at that time was the lieutenant governor of Cuomo. In that contest, William obtained 47% of the votes statewide.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.