The New York Working Families Party completed its rejection of Andrew Cuomo, nominating Cynthia Nixon for governor and Jumaane Williams for lieutenant governor at its recent convention. The WFP had endorsed Nixon and Williams in April, but those endorsements did not actually place them on the ballot as candidates. The party held a two-part session at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church, with a formal nominating meeting in an upstairs room followed by a rally and candidate speeches in the church’s main hall.
The WFP nominated a “place holder” candidate for attorney general, yielding to pressure from Cuomo and others to wait on their selection until after the Democratic primary. Zephyr Teachout, who in 2014 ran for governor against Cuomo in the Democratic primary, unsuccessfully sought the party’s nomination for attorney general while former New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito successfully urged the WFP to select a “place holder.” The WFP’s comptroller selection was the sole point of overlap with the Democratic Party, as they again backed Tom DiNapoli.
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