The primary contest for nomination will happen in June 2022. That’s when Democratic voters in New York will decide who represents them in the general election a few months later. Two major players have entered the race – incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul, and the newly-found challenger Attorney General Letitia James.
Hochul has been campaigning since taking office. James, who entered the race last week, used her experience going after former Governor Andrew Cuomo as the basis for her campaign. Over the weekend, James received the endorsement of the Transport Workers Union. A half dozen more elected officials gave her support over the weekend – nearly all of them from downstate.
“I am honored to earn the support of these elected officials who have done so much to uplift our communities,” James said. “Throughout their careers, this diverse group of leaders has fought tirelessly for millions of New Yorkers, and as governor, they know that I will continue to fight for their communities and be the change that New York needs.”
Hochul received the support of a large number of Upstate party chairs late in the week.