ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY/AP) – New York Attorney General Letitia James plans to run for governor, according to sources for the Associated Press.
James is expected to make the announcement in the coming days.
James was born and raised in Brooklyn and began her political career in the New York City Council. She was named state Attorney General in 2019; she is the first woman and Black person to be elected as the Empire State’s attorney general.
She has made headlines over the past several years regarding several topics, most notably for her legal investigations against former President Donald Trump.
Her office was also the one that investigated former Governor Andrew Cuomo over allegations of misconduct brought forward by dozens of women. In August, the investigators she hired determined those allegations were credible. Cuomo has long argued he did nothing wrong, but he did resign as Governor.
With James entering the race, Governor Kathy Hochul will have to face her in the Democratic primary, which is in June, ahead of the general election race in November.
On the other side, Republicans Rob Astorino, Derrick Gibson, Lee Zeldin and Andrew Giuliani have already announced gubernatorial runs.