Cynthia Nixon, the original pantsuit-wearing no-nonsense hero for single NYC girls with too much law school debt to think about expensive shoes, is being scouted as a potential opponent to Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 gubernatorial election.
Since her famous (and Emmy-winning) role as Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City, Nixon has found time to make waves as an outspoken political activist. In particular, she has been a fierce defender of public education, on several occasions criticizing Cuomo for a misdirection of education resources. She is also an advocate for LGBTQ rights, giving a stirring speech at the LGBT Solidarity rally outside Stonewall in February and throwing fundraisers for LGBTQ-focused nonprofits based in NYC. Her efforts over the years culminated in an appointment in 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio on the advisory board for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.
If Nixon does indeed come out as an official candidate, she will be up against a medley of high-profile democrats. Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and former State Senator Terry Gipson have both been rumored as potential candidates.