- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York City educator says he’ll seek the Green Party’s nomination for lieutenant governor.

Brian Jones announced his candidacy Wednesday and plans a formal campaign kick-off Thursday in New York City.

Jones has taught in New York City public schools for nine years and is currently working toward a doctorate at the City University of New York. He says he’s a socialist who supports public education, unions and efforts to help the poor.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins said last month that he would challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in this fall’s gubernatorial election. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is running as a Republican.

Hawkins finished third in the 2010 governor’s race.