June 1, 2017 Staff Report
Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who was elected to the city council in 2009, is not running for re-election.
Ferreras-Copeland, deemed a front runner to become the next Council speaker, told Politico that she made the decision so she could spend more time with her husband and son. She will complete her term at the end of the year.
“After a great deal of thought and prayer, I have decided not to run for re-election,” Ferreras-Copeland said in a statement to POLITICO. “I have had the privilege of representing the 21st District in Queens for 8 years, where I’ve fought for the education of our children, the rights of women and families, and the protection of our immigrants.”
Ferraras-Copeland’s husband works as an aerospace engineer in Maryland, according to POLITICO. He has been splitting his time between Maryland and Queens.