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Hochul will run for governor in 2022

Aug 12, 2021 1:55 pm

Robert Harding reports for Auburn Publications that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul -- now Governor-in-waiting -- will run for election in 2022. Hochul, a Buffalo Democrat taking over for the resigning Andrew Cuomo, said Aug. 12 that she will run for a full four-year term in 2022. "I fully expected to," she said on the "Today" show. "I'm prepared for this. I've led a life working in every level of government from Congress to local government. I am the most prepared person to assume this responsibility, and I'm going to ask the voters at some point for their faith in me again." Hochul has been Lt. Gov. for two terms, and becomes Governor on Aug. 24, with Cuomo taking two weeks to clear out his desk after an investigation overseen by state Attorney General Letitia James found that he sexually harassed 11 women. While Democrats may challenge Hochul for the nomination, none have come forward yet. Republican state leaders have anointed Suffolk County congressperson Lee Zeldin as their presumptive nominee. Rob Astorino, who lost as the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 2014, and Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have also announced election campaigns. Zeldin voted against accepting the results of last year's presidential election. Besides the advantage of being an incumbent Democrat in New York, Hochul has spent her time as Lt. Gov. mostly traveling across the state and shaking hands, and having her photo taken, with local officials in all 57 counties. Read more about this story in Auburn Publications.