Jimmy Van Bramer announced this morning that he is dropping out of the Queens Borough President’s race citing family reasons according to his twitter feed. In the announcement, he specifically mentioned his duties as a son and brother.
Van Bramer was one of eight contestants vying for the interim position to replace Melinda Katz, who became the Queens Attorney General in November. The election is scheduled for March 24, and Van Bramer had a lot of momentum and name recognition, making him one of the front-runners. It was also to be a quasi-referendum for his anti-Amazon stance, giving the race a greater interest than it typically would have had, leaving local residents to ponder how they will spend all their free time once the Super Bowl ends.