Democratic voters will go to the polls Thursday to select a candidate for governor and other statewide offices in the New York Democratic Primary, which is taking place on a Thursday due Tuesday’s 9/11 observances.
Democrats will also will choose candidates for lieutenant governor andattorney general.
Because only one Republican, Marcus Molinaro, is running for no GOP primary is needed. Reform Party voters will select a candidate attorney general.
In the Democratic primary, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking his third term as governor. Cuomo, 60, graduated from Fordham University and Albany Law School of Union University before starting his political career as campaign manager for his father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.
As governor, the younger Cuomo has been instrumental in getting state lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage and gun control legislation.
Cynthia Nixon, known most for her role as Miranda from the television show “Sex and the City,” is challenging Cuomo. Nixon, 52, received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Barnard College. This is her first time running for any elected office.
Kathy Hochul and Jumaane Williams are running for lieutenant governor.
Hochul, 60, is the incumbent. She has been the state’s lieutenant governor since 2015 after serving in Congress from 2011 to 2013As lieutenant governor, Hochul served as chair of the Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse and Addiction, in which she has worked to help develop a plan on how to fix the heroin crisis in New York. She was born in Buffalo and was a member of the Hamburg Town Board from 1994 to 2007.
Williams, 42, served as the deputy leader of the New York City Council after graduating from Brooklyn College. He has been an outspoken opponent of bias-based profiling and the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk approach.
Four Democrats are running for attorney general.
Sean Patrick Maloney, 52, is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 18 congressional district. Prior to Congress, Maloney worked as an attorney and a software company executive. He is the first openly gay congressman from New York.
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is an activist and lawyer. James, 59, attended Howard University School of Law and is enrolled in Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, working for a Master of Public Administration degree.
Leecia Eve, 54, served as a senior advisor during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and later became deputy secretary for economic development in the Executive Chamber of New York in the Cuomo Administration. She is a Buffalo native and serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Zephyr Teachout, 46, is an attorney, author and associate professor of Law at Fordham University. She challenged Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary,
Three people are running for attorney general in the Reform Party primary.
Nancy Sliwa, 40, has practiced law under her maiden name, Regula, for over a decade. She attended Brooklyn Law School after high school, focusing much of her efforts on animal protection.
Retired Army Lt. Colonel Mike Diederich, 64, has remained active in local Democratic politics and focuses his platform on individual rights and the environment. Diederich has refused funds from any corporate campaign donations in attempt to showcase his independence.
Christopher Garvey, 68,is a Columbia University graduate who has run for other offices including governor and congress. He is a patent attorney and sailing instructor, focusing on protecting individual rights.