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James and Henry running for attorney general

Oct 27, 2022 12:55 pm

Raga Justin reports in the Times Union that Democrat Letitia James and Republican Michael Henry are running for attorney general this fall, with voting beginning Oct. 29 and ending Nov. 8. Henry is a New York City-based attorney, and James is the incumbent. James was the first woman and first Black person to be elected attorney general in New York. She briefly announced a run for governor this year, but then went back to running for re-election. James has been praised and criticized for high-profile cases involving former President Donald Trump and former governor Andrew Cuomo. Henry is running by saying there is a rising crime rate in New York, more government corruption, and a struggling economy. But an Oct. 18 poll from Siena College found had 91 percent of those surveyed did not know who Henry is. Shawn Donahue, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Buffalo, said, "(Henry) hasn’t really raised much money. If he has a potential path to either coming in close or winning, he would need to ride the coattails of Lee Zeldin." Zeldin is the Republican candidate for governor, running against incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul. "I'm someone that believes in being tough on crime, but at the same time being smart on crime," Henry said. "As a fiscal conservative, you want to have as many people out of the system as possible." Read more about this election in the Times Union.

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