“Zephyr Teachout is running an exciting campaign to transform the office of attorney general,” Sanders said in a statement. “I am confident that she will combat corruption wherever it hides and will be a strong and independent voice in Albany.”
Teachout has won the support of progressives around the country with her reputation as a staunch anti-corruption advocate. She has vowed to use the attorney general’s office to break big finance and big real estate’s power over public spending priorities.
Teachout has also proposed opening investigations into major corporations chartered in New York as a way to fight the Trump administration on policies ranging from climate change to predatory lending.
Sanders previously endorsed Teachout in her 2016 bid for New York’s 19th Congressional District. Teachout won the Democratic party nomination for the House seat but ultimately lost to Republican John Faso.
“Zephyr’s work to reform our campaign finance system demonstrates her commitment to ensuring that the government works for all people and not just the wealthy and the powerful,” Sanders said. “I know she will be fearless in holding accountable those who think they are above the law.”
A poll released Monday by Siena College showed Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney was leading the race with 25 percent of the vote, followed by Letitia James, New York City’s public advocate, at 24 percent. Teachout had the support of 18 percent of those polled, while Verizon executive Leecia Eve had 3 percent of the vote.
Despite coming in third in the poll, Teachout’s candidacy has been bolstered by endorsements from The New York Times and the New York Daily News, as well as those of several New York political figures.
Sanders on Monday also endorsed Jumaane Williams for lieutenant governor, throwing his support behind two candidates challenging individuals backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo without directly endorsing his opponent in the governor’s race, Cynthia Nixon.
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more informationTrack ballot status
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place