Van Bramer drops out of race for Queens Borough President

Elise Czajkowski
January 21, 2020 - 4:27 pm
Jimmy Van Bramer

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Queens City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer has dropped out of the race for Queens Borough President.

In a statement he posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning, he wrote that "family circumstances have been weighing on my for some time, causing me to reconsider the timing and feasibility of this campaign. Prioritizing my responsibilities as a son and brother is where my attention needs to be right now. While this is a difficult decision, this is the right one for me and my family at this time."

Van Bramer announced his campaign for borough president in October. In his announcement video, he discusses his childhood in a working class family in Queens, where he says he was bullied for being gay.

The position of Queens Borough President was previously held by Melinda Katz, who became District Attorney of Queens County on Jan. 1.

Others running for the office are Council Member Donovan Richards, Council Member Costa Constantinides, former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, and Anthony Miranda, according to QNS.

The election for this role will be held on Mar. 24. The winner of this race will complete Katz's term through the end of 2020; another election will be held in November for the following term.

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