As expected, New York Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns today announced his retirement at the end of the 112th Congress.
“After months of long family discussions, I have decided not to seek reelection for my seat in the United State House of Representatives," he said in a statement. "I am very grateful for the support I have received over the years. I believe firmly that we would have won a 16th terms [sic] had we decided to run."
State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D), already running a serious primary campaign against Towns, becomes the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. The safe Democratic nature of the 8th district means the party's nominee is almost certain to be the new Congressman. Also in the primary: New York City Councilman Charles Barron.
"It has been an honor to have fought so that the people of New York can have more opportunities and a chance to live better lives,” Towns said.
See all the Members of Congress who have decided to make this term their last on Roll Call's Casualty List.