Tish James to run for New York governor, sources say

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Attorney General Letitia James is set to announce Monday that she will run for New York governor, according to multiple reports. James is expected to enter the race in time…

Tish James to run for New York governor, sources say

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Attorney General Letitia James is set to announce Monday that she will run for New York governor, according to multiple reports.

James is expected to enter the race in time for Wednesday’s Democratic state convention, where she will formally declare her campaign, according to a source familiar with her plans.

There was no immediate response from her campaign.

CNN previously reported that James had entered a formal exploratory phase of the race, and she hasn’t been shy about her plans. In June, James attended an orientation for the gubernatorial ballot when Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, delivered remarks on the importance of electing more women to public office, according to her aide.

“Many of us here in New York state were not recruited,” James, 48, said at the time. “We were groomed through a collective effort of activists and elected officials who believed in our common cause and our common goals.”

James had been eyeing a run for years. She was elected as the first black woman to serve as New York City’s public advocate in 2013.

While James had been viewed as being a strong candidate, it isn’t clear whether she can scale up her campaign team quickly and push through her platforms during the special election in 2018 that would follow the death of outgoing Gov. George Pataki.

By comparison, Cuomo has spent millions of dollars on his re-election bid.

James is a former federal prosecutor who was the city’s public advocate before she ran for office. James has displayed little interest in softer issues like education and the environment, and in the past, has occasionally dropped other stipulations of running for governor.

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