The Sunnyside pol recently filed the necessary paperwork to form “Van Bramer 2021” with the city and state. While it does not specifically state his intention to run for the seat currently held by Melinda Katz, he capped contributions at $3,850, the maximum amount allowed for a campaign for borough president.
Comparatively, the maximum contribution amount allowed for a candidate for citywide office is $4,950.
“I was born in Queens and have lived here my entire life,” Van Bramer wrote in an email to supporters. “I have dedicated my life to making the borough the best that it can be, and I will continue to fight for Queens as a Councilman and hopefully one day in higher office.”
His new campaign account will get a hefty initial deposit. Van Bramer is a prolific fundraiser and will transfer approximately $200,000 from his City Council account to his 2021 coffers.
He will again use the high-profile firm of Nashban Mansur to help with fundraising.
Van Bramer is currently serving his third term representing Sunnyside, Long Island City, Woodside and parts of Astoria. Due to term limits, he would not be allowed to seek re-election to his current seat.
“Together, we can ensure that every neighborhood enjoys the things that make our city so great—world-class schools, libraries, parks and housing that the middle class and those struggling to make it can afford,” continued the email. “A place where every person, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship and who they love is welcome and included.”