Oct. 22, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer has released a campaign video as the race for Queens Borough President begins to heat up.
Van Bramer posted a video to his Facebook and Twitter accounts Tuesday which chronicled his struggles growing up gay.
He likened U.S. President Donald Trump and the “Queens County Democratic machine” to the bullies he faced as a teen and said that he would stand up to racist policies that target the diverse communities of Queens.
Van Bramer said that many people in Queens had been staring into an abyss since Trump was elected, but that he had organized communities to resist and stand up for Queens’ values.
The Council Member announced that he was running for Borough President in April. Several other candidates are also vying for the position.
Other contenders are likely to come forward.
The seat is likely to be vacated by current Borough President Melinda Katz in January. She is running to be the next Queens District Attorney and is expected to cruise to victory in the November general election.
The city will hold a special election for Queens Borough President within 45 days of Katz’s vacancy.