New York Attorney General Letitia James, who oversaw the investigation into sexual harassment allegations against former Governor Andrew Cuomo among other cases, announced Friday that she’s running for governor.

“New Yorkers need a governor who isn’t afraid to stand up to powerful interests

on behalf of the vulnerable. Throughout my career, I’ve taken on big forces and

New Yorkers know I will never back down when it comes to fighting for them,”

James said in a statement. “Today, I am proud to announce my candidacy for

governor of New York so we can bring transformational change that uplifts all

New Yorkers.”

The formal announcement, which was forecasted this week by AP, came just one day after prosecutors filed a misdemeanor charge against Andrew Cuomo for alleged forcible touching, a charge that carried a potential one-year prison sentence.

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