New York Attorney General Letitia James is planning to announce a campaign for governor in coming days, a move that would pit her against incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul in a high-profile Democratic primary in 2022, according to five people familiar with her plans.
James could announce her plans as early as Thursday, one of the people said. Three others said she would declare before a major political event that starts next Wednesday. An announcement would put an end to months of speculation about her political ambitions.
In a statement, a senior adviser to James’ campaign team said the attorney general would announce her decision on the race in the coming days.
“Attorney General Letitia James has made a decision regarding the governor’s race,” the adviser, Kimberly Peeler-Allen, said on Wednesday. “She will be announcing it in the coming days.”
James has widely been regarded as one of the strongest potential challengers to Hochul, who announced in August that she would seek reelection after assuming the governorship following Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.
James, whose elaborate investigation of Cuomo’s alleged sexual misconduct led to his departure, is the only Democrat to officially declare a run against Hochul so far. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has filed paperwork and launched an “exploratory committee.” Outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi have also signaled interest in what is likely to be a crowded primary next summer.