There has been a lot of speculating whether Public Advocate Jumaane Williams is running for Governor. Well on Tuesday, November 16th, he made it official when he released a video announcing he is officially running.
“I’m running for Governor of New York,” Williams – who has a long documented history of activism – posted. “Without new, courageous, progressive leadership creating change, the way things have always been will stand in the way of what they can be.
Jumaane Williams decisively beat out a crowded field of 16 other candidates in the special election to replace former New York City Public Advocate Letitia James in 2019 by a margin of roughly 13 points.
Williams, a former City Council member who has represented the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, since 2009, was considered by many to be the favorite in the race from the start, after he chalked up a narrow loss in the September 2018 Democratic Primary elections in his spirited Cynthia Nixon-allied primary campaign to unseat incumbent Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who became Governor on August 24 following Andrew Cuomo’s resignation amid sexual harassment allegations.
Williams has appeared on Black Westchester’s People Before Politics Radio show several times and the Black Westchester Power Hour Radio Show on WVOX 1460 AM, Monday, May 7, 2018 and was a panelist at the first annual Westchester Black Political Convention (WBPC) in White Plains on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Look for a upcoming interview with Jumaane in his candidacy for Governor of New York!
Williams faces Gov. Kathy Hochul, Democratic Attorney General Letitia James, whose investigation of the allegations prompted Cuomo’s resignation in the June 2022 Democratic Primary. The winner of the primary will face former Westchester County Executive, Republican Rob Astorino – who was defeated by Democrat George Latimer in 2017 – in the November 2022 General Election.
For more information on his candidacy, visit his website to join his movement to take on the powerful and restore power to the people.