'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon running for New York Governor

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"I was given chances I just don't see for most of New York's kids today", Nixon says. "I've never wanted to live anywhere else, but something has to change", she said.

The move confirmed growing speculation that Nixon meant to challenge incumbent Democratic state governor Andrew Cuomo, which went into overdrive last week when her wife, Christine Marinoni, stepped down from her job at the city's department of education.

The video, which aims to introduce her to voters, shows her at home with her wife Christine and son Charlie, and walking her son Max to school.

Nixon has also been openly critical of the man who once handed her an Emmy.

Viewers can then hear a speech by Nixon at the Human Rights Campaign, in which she tells the audience: "It can't just be business as usual anymore". She began working as an actor when she was 12 years old to earn money to pay for her college education, and she was able to put herself through Barnard College at Columbia University.

Nixon will be running against two-time incumbent Andrew Cuomo, who recently called her a "second-tier celebrity". "I'm a proud public school graduate and a prouder public school parent".

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The clip went viral on social media hours after Nixon announced that she is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in this year's Democratic primary.

In a January op-ed for CNN, Nixon wrote: "If we've learned anything during this first year of the Trump presidency, it's that the cavalry isn't coming to save us". Her bid comes as the Democratic Party looks to reconcile divides among its liberal and more moderate wings, a breach that has its roots in the 2016 election.

Among registered Democrats, Cuomo was favored 66 percent to 19 percent over Nixon, the poll showed.

Cuomo is running for his third term in office. He has $30.5 million in his campaign account, according to NY election records.

Last month, at the annual NY gala of Human Rights Campaign, which has endorsed Mr Cuomo on, she took a backhanded stab at the governor's record: "For all the pride that we take here in being such a blue state, NY has the single worst income inequality of any state in the country".

Her announcement video ends with her on the train as the announcer says "Next stop, Albany".

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