June 9, 2009 By Christian Murray
Political signs calling on voters to elect Jimmy Van Bramer as Sunnyside/Woodside’s city council member have been popping up in windows throughout the neighborhood recently.
Van Bramer and three other Democrats will do battle in the Democratic primary this September as they vie for the seat that is being vacated by Eric Gioia, who is leaving to run for public advocate. His Democratic opponents are Deirdre Feerick, Brent O’Leary and David Rosasco. (More will be revealed about his rivals in future posts.)
On Friday, Van Bramer received momentum when Joseph Conley, a long-time local leader and Chairman of the Community Board 2, backed his candidacy. This follows on from his endorsements from the Working Families Party, the Libraries Guild and the United Auto Union.
Van Bramer, a Sunnyside resident, said at a recent meeting that: “I want to maintain the neighborhood and keep it from declining,” adding, “I want to keep the critical services that make this place livable.”
Van Bramer is a lifelong activist and member of the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens and Clean Money, Clean Elections.
The winner of the primary will take on Angelo Maragos, the Republican candidate, on Nov. 3, 2009.
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I’ve known Jimmy for several years. He’s very concerned about our area and I couldn’t think of a better person to be the next member of the Council from our area.