When Cynthia Nixon appeared on The Today Show a few days ago to discuss her latest film, The Only Living Boy in New York, New Yorkers found out that there may be a new name on the gubernatorial ticket in 2018.
Cynthia Nixon, known for both her contributions to television, movies, and stage, and for her work for social activism, has repeatedly denied rumors that she is thinking of running against Governor Andrew Cuomo next year, as is routinely done this far in advance, but we at the Warblr hope she is serious about it, and here are some reasons why.
A True New York Gem
As a New York native and a mother of three, Nixon has experienced the New York public school system as both a student and a mother, and she is well aware of the inequality in funding and opportunities to students in lower income schools.
“We’ve got a real problem on our hands in New York state. We are 49th in terms of equitable funding—that means there’s one state that’s worse than us, and that’s Illinois,” she said.
“Governor Cuomo likes to say we spend more per pupil than any other state, and that is actually true, but the only reason that’s true is because we spend so much on the kids in our wealthiest districts. . . . Between our 100 richest schools and our 100 poorest schools, there’s a $10,000 gap on what we spend per pupil.”
Cynthia Nixon as LGBTQ Activist
Cynthia Nixon is an activist for the LGBTQ Community, which she joined in the late 2000’s when she became romantically involved with her now wife, Christine Marinoni, an education reformer.
In February, she spoke outside of a Stonewall Inn rally: “As LGBT people, we know how important coming out is, but I would argue that our coming out has never been more important than it is right now,” she said. “We need to come out not just as queer, but as people who know all too well what it feels like to be put in a box that says ‘other,’ less than, easy target if you’re looking for someone to bully, harass, discriminate against, demonize, beat up, even kill.”
A Governor for Real Healthcare Reform
As a mother, a career woman, and a breast cancer survivor, Cynthia Nixon is a fighter for women’s issues, specifically those in healthcare.
“Motherhood is a primary part of my life, which is precisely the reason I fight for reproductive rights. That’s why I also fight for free birth control and comprehensive sex ed.”
Overall, Nixon has been an active participant in New York’s political universe for years, serving on an advisory board for New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, speaking at rallies across the city, and attending fundraising events for various causes.
And let’s be honest here, out of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, which would you want to see in the Governor’s seat?