Letitia James became the latest black politician making history as she scored the Democratic nomination for New York attorney general on Thursday. The 2018 primaries have been filled with black politicians across the nation fighting to become the change they want to see in the world, and James' win puts her one step closer.
The Brooklyn native secured 38.6 percent of the votes in her four-way race for the nomination. With her solid win, she joins fellow black primary winners like Andrew Gillum and Ayanna Pressley in making historic moves. The New York City public advocate has already become the first black woman elected to citywide office in New York as well as the first black woman to win a major party statewide nomination. If she wins the attorney general seat, James will not only become the first black woman attorney general in New York state, she would also become the first elected woman ever to hold the position.
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The 59-year-old has also made it clear that one of her main focuses will be Donald Trump.
"To be honest with you, this campaign was never about me or any of the other candidates who ran; it was about the people, but, most importantly, about that man in the White House, who can’t go a day without threatening our fundamental rights, can't go a day without threatening the rights of immigrants, can't go a day without dividing us," James addressed the crowd during her victory speech.
The politically progressive politician also vowed to target the National Rifle Association and state corruption, according to the New York Daily News. She also made headlines in 2017 for her campaign to memorialize Kalief Browder by naming Rikers Island after the late Bronx native who became a casualty of the warped criminal justice system in 2015.
“I can’t wait to wake up each and every day, go to the office, sue somebody and then go home,” James said.
Interestingly enough, black history was made on the Republican side of the race, as well. James' opponent is New York City attorney Keith Wofford, the first black person to receive the GOP nomination for attorney general. He ran unopposed.As the two prepare to face off in November, James' makes one thing clear — win or lose, she's remaining true to her value system.
“Nothing’s going to change about Tish,” she said. “I’m still just a girl from Brooklyn.”
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