26th District Endorsement: Jimmy Van Bramer
Oct 27, 2009 | 1373 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Like in many other districts in Queens this election year, the Republican Party is running viable candidates against the winners of September's Democratic primaries, and the 26th District in Long Island City is no different. Republican Angelo Maragos is a young – he's only 24 years of age – and energetic candidate who will be a major player in Queens politics for years to come.

However, the Long Island City Journal urges you to vote for his opponent, Jimmy Van Bramer, a proven candidate with a long track record of both civic and government involvement.

This paper met with both candidates, Van Bramer before the primary and just last week with Maragos. The latter is the son of Greek immigrants who achieved the American Dream and instilled in their son an altruistic notion of public service. Maragos may be running on the Republican line, but he impressed us as an independent thinker who would put the district ahead of his own political ambitions.

In fact, where just such an attitude is needed is up in Albany, where political games have turned the legislature of the State of New York into a laughingstock across the country. Maragos should strongly consider running for the district's Assembly seat when the current member is forced to seek re-election and bring a fresh voice to the state political scene.

But for this City Council seat and this election, Van Bramer is the much stronger candidate. He has been active in civic life in the district, and as External Affairs director of the Queens Public Library, he has not only had the chance to address borough-wide issues, but he has gained valuable experience working with the very people he will call colleagues after the November 3rd election.

His years of experience navigating city government are invaluable, and while some might say that makes him a political insider with debts to pay to the county leadership, we think it will enable him to deliver big for the 26th District.

Maragos has run an impressive campaign for a first-time candidate, but the voters of the district should cast their vote for proven experience, and that means pulling the lever for Jimmy Van Bramer.

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