Sunnyside Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has dropped out of the special election for Queens borough president.
In a campaign email to supporters on Monday morning, Van Bramer announced the end to his campaign.
“Family circumstances have been weighing on me for some time, causing me to reconsider the timing and feasibility of this campaign,” he wrote.
“Prioritizing my responsibilities as a son and brother is where my attention needs to be right now, ” he added. “While this is a difficult decision, this is the right one for me and my family at this time.”
Van Bramer’s third and final term in the City Council will end in 2021.
The sudden announcement was shocking because Van Bramer was starting to pick up momentum from a slew of endorsements, most recently from LGBTQ leaders.
He had also raised more than $310,000 in campaign contributions, the second highest behind former Councilwoman Liz Crowley.
While Van Bramer’s next steps are uncertain – he is term-limited – he will have more opportunities to run for Queens borough president after this special election on March 24.
After the special election will be the primary in June, followed by the general election in November.
In 2021, there will be another primary and general election, this time for a full four-year term as Queens BP.